BISBEE, Ariz. – When George Joyal saw a group of people who appeared to have crossed the border illegally sneak by his land recently, his first call was to the Border Patrol.Joyal, 67, a retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, gave the agent his location, then hurried outside with the cell phone to his backyard and made himself visible to a border surveillance camera perched atop a tower a half-mile away.“I see you,” the agent said.Moments later, Border Patrol agents zoomed up in a cloud of dust to detain the group. Joyal said there’s no need for Congress to spend billions beefing up border patrol.“I don’t see that as giving us more security,” Joyal said. “It’s impossible to be 100 percent secure. Just how safe are you going to get and at what price?”The Senate appears ready to approve immigration legislation next week providing a $30 billion boost in security along the Mexican border, doubling the number of Border Patrol agents, but some experts and border residents like Joyal are skeptical that the buildup would pay off – even those who supported similar surges in the past.
In the presence of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Tourism and Culture and Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, 111 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with a total value of Rs 40,550.99 crore were signed in Jaipur with an aim to foster direct employment for 82,840 persons in Rajasthan. The ceremony was organised in the run up to the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015, scheduled for November.Dr Sharma drew attention to the state’s tourism potential in terms of its history, culture, hospitality as well as law and order, a lot of which is yet to be exploited. The air connectivity within the state needs to be improved for which appropriate steps will be taken, he said.The Minister further announced that the Union Tourism Ministry will extend all help for the development of the sector in the state. For the Sambhar Project, Rs 63.97 crore, Rs 13 crore have already been disbursed. Similarly for the Pushkar-Ajmer project worth Rs 41 crore, Rs 8 crore have already been disbursed. The Krishna Project worth Rs 100 crore is also on the anvil. The Union Minister has also sanctioned Hotel Management Institutes for Sawai Madhopur and Jhalawar. The Food Craft Institute in Udaipur has been upgraded to Hotel Management Institute. The Food Craft Institute at Dholpur and Baran have been sanctioned Rs 20 crore. read more