Jobs…smobs. Sovereignty…smovereignty. Obama daddy knows best.
(Family Security Matters) —Besides President Barack Obama’s executive actions regarding illegal aliens and U.S. immigration policy, without much notice by the GOP and news organizations, drastic reductions are expected within the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement-related bureaus, said a top protective intelligence and assessment specialist on Monday.
“Required budget reductions for the DHS [directorates] will seriously undo much of the progress made over the past few years to secure our borders” said Dr. Lyle J. Rapacki, a consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment.
Dr. Rapacki claims there also will be a noticeable negative impact on aviation and maritime safety and security as well as an increase in potential infrastructure vulnerability. The budget reductions will also hamper disaster response time, and totally eliminate cyber security infrastructure advances made in the last couple of years, he added.
Over 24,500 jobs associated with Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Customs and Immigration will be lost, said Dr. Rapacki.
More than 3,000 Border Patrol agent positions will be lost, a reduction to below FY 2009 levels which will leave about 17,900 agents, claims Rapacki.
In addition, up to 3,400 Customs and Border Patrol personnel will be cut. Besides a negative impact on national security, this reduction will significantly increase wait times at our nation’s ports of entry.
The important Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will lose more than 930 special agents in the next DHS budget. “A reduction of this size will significantly impact efforts to investigate crimes involving terrorism, transnational threats, especially from cartels, and international child pornography,” Dr. Rapacki warns.
And that is not the half of it. Border security radar will soon be off of the radar…permanently:
Budget could deflate USAF border blimps
On March 15, the Air Force may have to pull down key surveillance blimps lining the U.S. southern border if the federal budget crisis is not resolved, according to more than a dozen concerned members of Congress from border state districts who were recently briefed by the Pentagon.
In a letter sent on January 31 to the White House, the Pentagon, and the Department of Homeland Security, alarmed lawmakers said the two agencies needed to fully fund the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) program for fiscal 2014 and finish shifting control from DOD to DHS “without any disruption or degradation in its services.”
Without the blimps, one month from now the U.S. could lose critical over-the-horizon radar capabilities on which federal counternarcotics officials rely to track low-flying aircraft.
There are eight TARS sites: two in Arizona, three in Texas, and one each in Florida and Puerto Rico. “Our concern,” the lawmakers wrote, “is heightened by the fact that TARS is an important surveillance and command-and-control resource, particularly with respect to the detection, monitoring and interdiction of suspicious low-flying aircraft.”