Isakson’s illegal immigration plan.

Senator Isakson has brought up again his “border security first” plan to solve the illegal immigration problem. Here’s a clip from Sunday’s Georgia Gang discussing the proposal:

From Isakson’s weekly e-newsletter, below are some details of the Senator’s proposal. The full bill can be read here.

Those border security provisions that must be in place before a guest worker program can begin are spelled out in my bill and they include five main items:

* Manpower – authorizing 14,000 new full-time Border Patrol Agents as well as 2,500 new Port of Entry Inspectors and 250 new Deputy U.S. Marshals.
* Detention beds – authorizing detention facilities with an additional 20,000 detention beds to end the practice of “catch and release.”
* Barriers – authorize additional barriers such as fences, roads or underground sensors where appropriate.
* Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — authorize more than $450 million to acquire and maintain a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles with high-tech sensors and satellite communication to allow coverage on the border by an unmanned vehicle 24 hours a day.
* Biometric ID – establish a biometric secure identification card program so employers can verify an immigrants’ status.

What about this? Is this a good plan?

11 comments

  1. spaceygracey says:

    I’d rather look at a sky-high hideous concrete wall chronically defaced with gang graffiti (who’s going to pay to wash THAT gunk off every day along the entire Mexican broder? We are!) with razor wire atop and guards in E. German-esque uniforms patrolling every five feet with automatic weaponry just itching to be fired than have to listen to that tired old bunch in really bad suits and icky hairdos… one more tired ‘ole time.

    Is there anything fresh or insightful The Georgia Gang has brought to the Georgia political (and media) table in decades? No. (Not since they tossed-out Peachtree Screed at least.)

    Here’s your New Media Georgia Gang, folks:

    http://www.gapodcastnetwork.com/network-programs/ga-politics-podcast/2007/01/11/the-georgia-legislature-and-the-love-shack-are-both-open-for-business-episode-9-

  2. jsm says:

    Alexis Scott can’t be serious.

    Isn’t it amazing how talk becomes action when the GOP suddenly finds itself in the minority? Here’s hoping they learned something from defeat.

  3. John Galt says:

    I love Isakon’s plan, and think it should be done before anything else on the illegal aliens issue.

    But, I do believe that one aspect of combating illegal activity is a focus on the demand side. In this case, going after employers who hire illegals.

    I firmly believe that a supply of illegal goods and activity, such as drugs, prostitution, gambling or illegal labor, will always exist as long as there is a strong demand and, a small chance of getting caught, and a relatively small punishment if you do get caught.

    Build the fence, then raid the factories, and punish the employers.

  4. Dawgfan says:

    Look, I’m not worried about the immigrant here looking for a job to feed his family. I’m worried about the immigrant that is here waiting to blow me up.

    That’s why the first thing we need to do is find out who’s here now. Call it amnesty or what ever we will never be able to differentiate between those looking for work and those wanting to do us harm if they know they’ll be punished for coming forward.

    And I don’t want to hear any crap about them being here illegally unless you’ve never gone over the speed limit, been completely honest on your taxes, never smoked pot, never drank until you were 21, or broke any of the myriad of other little laws we break all the time.

  5. Jmac says:

    The other dimension in this discussion is the fact that as long as our wages are higher than those in Mexico and other Latin American companies (as well as offering a safer and more stable environment for families to grow up in), then you’ll always have this issue to deal with.

    If the folks who are looking for answers to this would work to help those countries develop their own economies and raise their standards-of-living, the influx they’re concerned about would taper off.

  6. GOPeach says:

    Women like Alexis Scott
    are an embarrasement to our
    nation. She needs to move
    her idiot self to Mexico and
    remain there indefinitely!

    That comment is like spitting
    in the face of every American
    soldier who lives to protect
    the prosperity of this county.

  7. Mike Hauncho says:

    Isakson iscorrect that we need a border first to stop the illegals from coming over here without identifing themselves. Once we have done that then we can go about registering those wh are here for a guest worker program or other such residencey. The fence is only have of the solution but it is the cornerstone of the solution.

  8. jsm says:

    Dawg,

    How do you define “little law?” And how would that definition relate to entering our Nation illegally?

  9. Dawgfan says:

    jsm

    you would agree that sdome laws are more serious than others right? Otherwise we would either have the death penalty for speeding or a fine for murder. So, you can judge the seriousness of a crime by it’s punishment. Since all you get for entering our Nation illegally is a free ride home it can’t be that serious now can it?

  10. jsm says:

    A free ride home? It’s a serious enough punishment to illegals, I think. Otherwise, ICE pulling up in a crowd of day laborers waiting for work wouldn’t cause a mass exodus.

    What I’m concerned about is the consequence of the infraction to US citizens. Illegals affect my life much more than speeders and pot smokers.

    Furthermore, knowing the whereabouts of illegals here looking for work isn’t going to help us find the ones planning terrorist attacks.

  11. Dawgfan says:

    jsm

    Affects your life how? Your yard is well landscaped?

    I’m not talking about just knowing the whereabouts of them. I’m talking about a program that encourages those looking for work to register for a guest worker program. The simple fact of the matter is we have millions of illegals here. The only way to get some sort of grasp on who is here is to offer some sort of guest worker / amnesty program. Once in place anyone one who has not come forward obviously has something to hide so send them back. We may not discover nests of terrorist, but we at least won’t be expending our resources on Juan from Honduras making a living operating a track hoe.

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