Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States abroad:
El Paso (Texas) Times, Dec. 3
Most of what came out of last week's border policy talks in El Paso made sense.
But one idea that shouldn't be pursued is the creation of an independent commission to oversee the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration agencies.
What we don't need is yet another layer of highly politicized bureaucracy, and that's what such a commission would be - or would become - despite the word "independent."
More bureaucracy would merely add to the problem, and that's definitely not needed.
Congress has an investigative arm known at the Government Accountability Office. According to the GAO Web site, "The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as 'the investigative arm of Congress' and 'the congressional watchdog.' GAO ... helps improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people." ...
The GAO would seem to be the logical oversight vehicle. Why duplicate effort and create more ponderous bureaucracy? ...
The message to Washington should be: Don't burden immigration policy reform and other border issues with more bureaucracy; rely more on people who "live" the border daily and who possess on-the-job expertise; and, don't think that border and immigration issues can be solved by bureaucrats, lawmakers and other officials with hardly any exposure to the border.