April 16th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Cafferty: "Border czar" answer to illegal drug & immigration from Mexico?

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As President Obama travels to Mexico, the U.S. continues to grapple with the spill over violence from Mexican drug cartels and the enormous problem of illegal immigration. So - in typical government style - the administration has decided to add another layer of bureaucracy in the hopes of solving these problems.

They’ve named a so-called "border czar" to oversee the efforts of ending drug cartel violence that killed almost 7,000 people last year; and slowing the tide of people illegally crossing north into the U.S. A border czar. Why don’t they just close the damn border?

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano named Alan Bersin to be the czar. He’s a former Justice Department official who worked on cracking down on illegal immigration in the 1990s. And judging by the number of illegal aliens in the country, that wasn’t exactly a home run.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't how much he's going to get accomplished. As long as there is a demand for drugs, this will be an ongoing problem. Legalize pot and call it a day already.

    April 16, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Jimmy the Greek


    Until the COST of being in America illegally is greater than living in Mexico legally – expect more and more illegal immigrants coming to America.

    ENFORCING THE LAWS is a great place to start!

    April 16, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. demwit

    Another layer of buearacrcy is never too much...

    April 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Hate to say it, but nothing less than a "shoot to kill illegal border crossers" policy will have any affect.

    Border crossing has to be seen as so dangerous that not even the well armed drug smugglers will attempt it.

    Disgusting idea, isn't it?

    April 16, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Andrew In Texas

    Just Brillant, add another unaccountable bureaucrat, with a six figure salary and extensive staff, office space and new stationary.

    Building that border fence sure sounds like a national infrastructure project, but I bet this new "czar" spends more on studies and travel than the fence would cost.

    April 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    Easy answers to decades old problems-

    Enforce the existing laws!

    Its obvious why they aren't being enforced- cheap labor, more potential constituents to shift the House of Representatives, lack of respect for the Constitution and thier oaths of office...

    April 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. ken

    can we please stop using the term "czar" drug czar, border czar. it's stupid. william bennet really gave the term a bad name.

    April 16, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Bill in California

    PERSONALLY I think we should follow suit with O's diplomatic policies toward arch enemies. Let's engage the drug cartels at the tables and see what we can offer them to quit selling drugs in the U.S.A.

    April 16, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Indigo

    Jack let me suggest that with all of your expertise on the subject ,you volunteer for the job of closing the border. Geez, I think if it would have been that easy, someone ,republican or democrat, (especially republican) would have already done it. Another suggestion would be to contact some of the tea party participants, I'm sure they are up to the challenge.


    April 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Rob

    Wow look, another czar. Don't see many of those around now. What's Obama up to, 500?

    April 16, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Deport Em

    If our gov't had just enforced the darn immigration laws all along and deported those who flaunted them, then we wouldn't be in this mess now. Oshama is now in payback mode since the illegal lovers helped him in his campaign. So add another illegal alien butt kisser instead of a hard nosed law enforcement type. How bout Joe Arpaio or Tom Tancredo? They would have done what is necessary to stop this problem. Oh, sorry, forgot they are racist cause they believe in the rule of law. This story is just another lame attempt to show they are doing something which amounts to nothing. Its a JOKE !!

    April 16, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Here is hoping that he at least will start enforcing our immigration laws and to secure our southern border.

    I would like also to see that our government continues to build a fence along the entire southern border. That would create more jobs for the LEGAL citizens now out of work because of all of the 12 to 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS now holding jobs here.


    April 16, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. denny

    Had Bush had the brains in his first term to understand the problems on the border im sure the situation on the border would never had reached this point....But republicans would never admitt they missed that up too.

    April 16, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Chi Town

    denny April 16th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

    Had Bush had the brains in his first term to understand the problems on the border im sure the situation on the border would never had reached this point….But republicans would never admitt they missed that up too.

    Yea that's a good answer... and nobody came here from 1992 to 2000...
    The simple truth is nobody will address it for fear of losing hispanic votes... PERIOD... not the Repubs or the Dems... they dance all around the problem.

    April 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    Another Obama Czar. Where are the bolsheviks when we need them?

    April 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. The border czar has no power.......

    he cannot implement anything and therefore is a joke like most of the ineffectual clowns in the Obama administration.

    N. Korea, Iran, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and even teenage Somailis in row boats do not take Obama seriously. They just do what they want and joke about how he is a big woos.

    April 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Mississippi Mike

    For a president who has been fighting off allegations of being a socialist or communist, does it really make sense to keep appointing "czars?" I just have a hard time believing the length the White House and Obama's supporters go to in their attempts to prove that he is not a socialist while he spends his time socializing companies, spending billions of dollars on public services and raising taxes on the rich. Those are all pretty good examples of socialism being worked into the system. Add the Czars to the mix and you have yourself a marxist.

    April 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Robin

    Did we tell the Drug Cartels that we are "really, really, really sorry for all of this. We had 8 years of Bush you know, it is all his fault."

    Then Obama can bow to them, give them some of the stimulus and call it a success.

    April 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |

    No Jack, we don't need soldiers. As we all know, the pen is mightier then the sword. We need a reform of our drug laws. Making drugs legal would not only stop the violence, but give us a boost to the economy. Which we so desperatly need.

    April 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    it's a beginning.

    April 16, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    Bush didn't do anything for 8 years, don't you think Obama should get more than a few months to try something?

    So many childish comments here. Really disheartening to see how uniformed you people are.

    April 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Marty Spenst

    I'm against legalizing drugs, witch in a way it would be alot easier to control them then it is right now and to stop the illegal immigrats for coming to the US is that give out big fines, take away their business license if they have one and long jail times to any one or employers that hires a immigrat that doesn't have the propper papers on them or on file by the employer to work here legally!

    April 16, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. JJ12345

    Dan, TX April 16th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

    Bush didn't do anything for 8 years, don't you think Obama should get more than a few months to try something?

    Neither did Clinton

    April 16, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    If you really want to stop the illegals fine the people who hire them. They gain, pay less for work, do not pay FICA, OR NO TAX AT ALL, no medical benefits. I do believe the people who hire illegals do not want them to become citizens. The people who hire them will lose money, have to pay more. these big farms are making out like bandits. These workers make up a subculture, a hidden group. They only ones who make out are the fat cats who hire them for pennies. Make them legal they will pay tax, spend the money here instead of sending it out of the country. Of course they should wait their turn behind the ones who are legal. Just think if they are legal most of the wages will stay here, you know TAX, INTEREST on loans, banks will gain. I strongly believe there are businesses that hire illegals DO NOT WANT THEM TO BECOME LEGAL CITIZENS, They will loose money. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY WHO WILL BENEFIT IF THESE WORKERS BECOME CITIZENS OF THE US. THEY MIGHT EVEN JOIN A UNION..LOL..........

    April 16, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Rob Kole

    Hurm the obama administration has more "czars" than in the history of Russia!!!

    April 16, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |