Given the unprecedented resources allocated to the border and unprecedented cooperations between the United States and Mexico along our southern border there has been a significant drop in the number of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into our country. In California a proposed state initiative would allow undocumented immigrants a way to work legally. Finally the United States finds new ways to help Mexico in their war against cartel members south of the border.
Number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border drops The Border Patrol has released new data that shows that undocumented immigrants attempting to the enter the country is at lows not seen since the 1970′s: “Arrests of illegal migrants trying to cross the southern U.S. border have plummeted to levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to tallies released by the Department of Homeland Security last week, a historic shift that could reshape the debate over immigration reform. The Border Patrol apprehended 327,577 illegal crossers along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, numbers not seen since Richard Nixon was president, and a precipitous drop from the peak in 2000, when 1.6 million unauthorized migrants were caught. More than 90 percent of the migrants apprehended on the southwest border are Mexican. “
California may let undocumented immigrants work legally: In California, the state legislature has released an initiative that would give some undocumented immigrants to work legally in the state. The legislation would not give a pathway to citizenship but would make it easier for immigrants without work visas to work legally: “Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act. The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General’s Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.”
U.S. Expands Roll in Mexico Drug Roll DEA agents are working with the Government of Mexico to follow drug money from the United States south of the border in order to identify where cartel members are basing their operations. “Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials. The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.”