By Jim Callicott
When Janet Napolitano uttered her famous statement that the U.S. border is as “secure as it’s ever been,” was she stating her opinion that the border has never been secure or did she mean Homeland Security had tightened it up?
Judging the effectiveness of our duly elected politicians, real border security will occur after a gigantic asteroid crashes into the Texas, Arizona, and Mexican border. In the meantime, a revolving door is situated on the border. Don’t believe it? Take a look at recent activity in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.
On August 4, Virgen Mendoza Perez, a Mexican citizen, pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal reentry after being deported. In 2009, Perez was convicted in Florida for felony child abuse. It didn’t take Perez long to hit that revolving door.
On the same day, Jorge Gutierrez Ramirez, also a Mexican citizen, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for illegal reentry after being deported. His deportation was the result of being convicted in California for burglary.
What were these two doing in East Tennessee? Maybe an indictment on the docket the same day will answer that question.
Elias Reyes, Mario L. Lopez, Bobbie Arvizu, Jose Diaz Ortiz, William Perez-Perez and Jesus Orduna-Valencia, all who happened to live in Morristown, made their initial appearance in court. The charges were production of false documents, including Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, immigration documents, and birth certificates.
Oddly enough, Perez-Perez and Orduna-Valencia were also arrested for illegal reentry into the United States after being deported.
Now we have the kids coming in and the Border Patrol is acting as paid baby sitters. Is the border as secure as it has ever been? My money is on the asteroid.