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Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

By Christopher Sherman, Associated Press

Published: Fri, July 25 12:00 a.m. MDT

 Unidentified men pull a raft to shore on the Mexico side of the Rio Grand, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

Unidentified men pull a raft to shore on the Mexico side of the Rio Grand, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

(Eric Gay, Pool, Associated Press)

MISSION, Texas — A recent patrol with state troopers on the Rio Grande illustrates the challenges that as many as 1,000 National Guard troops will face along the Texas-Mexico border in deterring criminal activity.

Three heavily-armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on Thursday afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore.

The men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others as the state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats.

Gov. Rick Perry said this week the troops' presence will deter criminal activity as they support state troopers already working the border in greater numbers.

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Deterrence comes in many forms.
How about using our vast computer resources to detect the use of incorrect social security numbers?
But we must ACT on the information and cause people to lose their jobs and be prosecuted for fraud. Currently we have the ability to identify such fraudsters and yet we do nothing about it. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court has ruled that someone who uses a fraudulent social security card cannot be charged with aggravated ID theft UNLESS prosecutors can PROVE that the perp knew the card belonged to someone else.
We know that Jose Antonio Vargas is an illegal alien. He wrote a book about it. He travels the country giving speeches at rallies. He was caught in Texas the other day. Is he in custody, waiting to be deported? No. He was issued a notice to appear.
Let's not run stories about some men in a rubber raft; let's talk about the lack of political will to enforce existing laws.
THAT would be a discussion that addresses deterrence, or lack of it.