Many call the boundary between the United States and Mexico an “open border,” and instead of deporting illegals, federal officials have been releasing them within the United States.

Stu Harris, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 1929 in El Paso, Texas, said that the continually worsening crisis along the U.S.-Mexican border is the result of the U.S. government granting “de facto amnesty" to illegal immigrants.

One June 18, the Lone Star State’s top political leaders — Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus — authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to start emergency “surge operations” along the south Texas border with Mexico. The surge is in response to a massive increase in the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border into Texas, the majority of whom are women and children from Central America.

Despite claims to the contrary by a press officer at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., illegal immigration into the United States is a crime.

New York state Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx), introduced a bill on June 16 to create a special status allowing aliens who are not in the United States legally under federal law to enjoy certain privileges by virtue of being “New York State Citizens.”

The right to vote is among many rights and privileges usually reserved for citizens (or at least legal residents) that S. 7879, “The New York Is Home Act,” extends to state residents.