Border Czar Forced to Resign by Bush

The following comments are taken from an article that ran in the Washington times on September 26, 2005.

The nation’s border czar says a “full-court press” is necessary to stop terrorists, foreign nationals and drug smugglers from illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the United States is a sovereign nation and ought to control its own border.

To control the border, Mr. Bonner acknowledged that the nation must increase the level of enforcement activity by substantially increasing the resources available to the Border Patrol to get the job done, pursuing a strategy of mobility and rapid response to intrusion across the borders and securing the ports of entry against illegal penetration.

The effort must include, Mr. Bonner said, a “defense-in-depth” strategy, meaning that enforcement efforts cannot be limited to the border, but must include interior checkpoints and interdiction at transit locations, including airports.

“The fact that someone has gotten across the border does not mean he’s home free,” he said. “Our enforcement efforts are a full-court press. Illegal aliens and their smugglers will have to run a gantlet. The border line is just the beginning of that gantlet.”

Three days latter Bonner resigns (read story) leaving Homeland Security with three crucial vacancies. Immigration, Customs Enforcement and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be without permanent directors.

Was Bonner forced to resign after calling for tougher enforcement?

It sounds like he was getting in the way of Bush’s plans to open the border.

I’m sure Bonner will be replaced by an old pal of Jorge’s without any experience for the job.

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