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March 11, 2011

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I wonder if they should create a special task force that works for the Treasury - and is dedicated to making intercepts and getting some of this drug money back. As a taxpayer, I'd rather see some US agents go out there and hunt down some of these dollars that are being funneled across the border. In this day and age, when state and federal budgets are overspent, doesn't it make sense to recoup this money? Hit the cartels in their pocketbook.

P.

Sylvia,
You might want to check my math but I think $39 billion in cash ($100 denomination)is about 430 tons of cash. I think 430 tons of anything crossing the border would be pretty easy to see, no?
I think in your initial post about the killing of Agent Zapata you mentioned that he was part of a detail of ICE agents sent to assist in the interdiction of transborder cash transfers. Let us hope Washington sees fit to step up these interdiction activities in concert with their counterpart Mexican authorities. If the cartels can't get their $$$, then they aren't going to ship the drugs! Always follow the money!
Bill

If it doesn't involve fences, CBP is not interested. They have become an agency interested only in the theater aspects of security, not the real thing. Note the report says "officers conducted inspections of the underside of vehicles by lying on the ground with their legs exposed while traffic moved by in neighboring lanes at speeds up to approximately 25 miles per hour." They have no plan, no concern for us and no concern for the safety of their own officers.

That 67 million seized from Mar. '09 to Feb. '11 would pay for many miles of the Israeli type double fence with a road for the border patrol to constantly patrol. Ideally, it would be nice to put the illegals caught by Joe Arpiao and BP to work BUILDING the fence, though that would never actually happen. Secondly, if the places like Western Union, Bank of America, etc. that send remittances from the U.S. had to hold out maybe 25% of the amount sent until the sender proved they were a legal citizen. That amount ranges in the 20 plus BILLION dollar area, to pay for completion of the 1900 or more total miles of the fence, plus pay for a lot more BP personnel to patrol it 24/7. The stupid three strand barbed wire fence they have along much of the border is a JOKE. A ten dollar bolt cutter goes through that like nothing.

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