An open door with no ef­fort be­ing made to close it

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re: Rep. La­mar Smith’s Com­men­tary piece in the May 16 edi­tion ti­tled “If at first you don’t suc­ceed. . . fudge the re­sults” (page 35), Mr. Smith re­ports that “Bor­der Pa­trol agents on the ground es­ti­mate there are three suc­cess­ful il­le­gal en­tries for ev­ery one il­le­gal im­mi­grant who is ap­pre­hended.” Ac­cord- in­gly, the prob­a­bil­ity of be­ing ap­pre­hended is 0.25 per­cent.

In her col­umn on the same page, Michelle Malkin tells us that the fed­eral “Turn Back South” pol­icy “. . . per­mit[s] bor­der crossers at least seven strikes be­fore be­ing charged with im­mi­gra­tion mis­de­meanors.”

So, the prob­a­bil­ity for a de­ter­mined bor­der crosser to be charged with an im­mi­gra­tion mis­de­meanor un­der the “Turn Back South” pol­icy is at most 0.25 to the sev­enth power. That num­ber is 0.000061. Which means that for ev­ery one mil­lion de­ter­mined bor­der crossers, no more than 61 will be charged with im- mi­gra­tion mis­de­meanors — what­ever that means.

“If at first you don’t suc­ceed . . .” Un­for­tu­nately, this al­ludes to ad­min­is­tra­tion at­tempts to pre­tend to de­fend the bor­der, not il­le­gal alien at­tempts to sneak across it. Sadly ironic. Frank W. Post Poughkeepsie, New York

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