Thursday, May 18, 2006

The billion dollar fence won't work

The U.S. Senate voted to spend a billion bucks "to build at least 370 miles of double- and triple-layered fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border."

OK, so people who want to come into this country will have to go a little further before crossing the border.

Then we'll build the fence a little longer.

And people wanting to come into this country will travel a little further before crossing the border.

Etc., etc.

Pretty soon we will have a fence thousands of miles long, costing billions and billions. And people will come over the fence and under the fence and through the fence unless we are willing to become East Germany and spend billions to guard the wall we spent billions to build and to shoot on sight.

Is that who we are now?

1 comment:

James Wigderson said...

Gretchen, you're looking at the fence as the only step to be taken in the enforcement solution. The fence will dramatically reduce the number of illegal immigrants (though I agree it's not long enough). A security fence like the one proposed has had great success in Israel in keeping out terrorists, which I think you'll agree are probably more motivated than the average illegal alien.

Given the reduction that results from the fence, law enforcement such as the border patrol with the existing resources will be able to capture a significant percentage of the remainder.

Then if we add measures designed to discourage illegal aliens from coming here in the first place, such as tightened employer enforcement, cooperation from state and local governements, and even removal of the social welfare net available to the illegal aliens, again we'll be able to significantly reduce the size of the illegal alien population.

We'll never get rid of illegal aliens completely, but we can take steps to reduce the numbers to a much more manageable level.