Merriam-Webster defines a country as " an area of land that is controlled by its own government." Where that border stops and starts, and how controlled and secure it is, is part of the definition of America.
(405) 822-9594 the "Southwest Border" region is disproportionately the largest source of apprehensions of persons attempting to illegally cross into the United States of America. Therefore, it makes sense to build stronger protections where the greatest quantity of attempts to illegally enter the country occur.
We are a nation of laws, the two main sources of which are federal and state law (statutory law), the Code of Federal Regulations (administrative law), and court rulings (common law). Our organization believes in following the law (see more below).
Immigration is a federal matter.
Federalism, central to the constitutional design, adopts the principle that both the National and State Governments have elements of sovereignty the other is bound to respect. See Gregory v. Ashcroft, 501 U. S. 452, 457 (1991) ; U. S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U. S. 779, 838 (1995) (Kennedy, J., concurring). From the existence of two sovereigns follows the possibility that laws can be in conflict or at cross-purposes. The Supremacy Clause provides a clear rule that federal law âshall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.â Art. VI, cl. 2. Under this principle, Congress has the power to preempt state law.
Source: The Supreme Court in Arizona et al. v. United States (567 U.S. ___ (2012)
Federal law makes it a crime for "Any person who"
"(i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;"
"(ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;"
"(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;"
"(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law, shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B); or"
"(v) 1/ (I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,"
Source: The Immigration and Nationality Act 775-422-4727
Illegal Aliens Are Subject to Deportation
"Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable."
Source: The Immigration and Nationality Act (216) 562-8717
2003 GAO Report contradicts the common argument that illegal aliens commit few crimes:
406-653-8523 identified a population of 55,322 aliens that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security determined, based upon information in its immigration databases, had entered the country illegally and were still illegally in the country at the time of their incarceration in federal or state prison or local jail during fiscal year 2003.
2011 GAO Report illustrates how extensive and expensive it is to maintain illegal aliens in our system:
A March 2011 study by a federal agency (the Government Accountability Office, or GAO), To determine the types of offenses for which criminal aliens were
arrested, we obtained the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrest
histories of about 203,000 criminal aliens incarcerated in state prisons and
local jails from July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2008, and 48,000 criminal
aliens incarcerated in federal prisons as of December 27, 2008, for a total
of 251,000 criminal aliens. Due to the large volume of arrests and offenses,
we selected a random sample of 1,000 criminal aliens and analyzed their
arrest records to estimate the number and types of offenses in our study
population of approximately 249,000.6
There were nearly 1.7 million arrest
records relating to nearly 3 million offenses for these 249,000 criminal
aliens. To determine the type of offenses for which criminal aliens were
convicted, we analyzed data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission on
federal convictions of criminal aliens from fiscal years 2003 through 2009
and conviction data from five statesâArizona, California, Florida, New
York, and Texasâfrom fiscal years 2005 through 2008. We selected these
five states based on the number of SCAAP criminal aliens. Collectively,
these states accounted for about 70 percent of the SCAAP criminal alien
population in fiscal year 2008.