Just Finish the Dang Fence
By Jeff Lukens
Why did building the fence along our southern border stop? Instead of
building the fence, Barack Obama would rather build a political party of
illegal aliens and their supporters. Unless we want to be dealing with
immigration problems in perpetuity, the fence must be completed.
Sen. Jim DeMint reported:
"Four years ago, legislation to build 700-miles of double-layer border fence
along the Southern border was supported by then-Sen. Barack Obama and signed
into law by President Bush. Yet, only a fraction of that fencing is in place
"According to staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), only 34.3
miles double-layer fencing has been completed along the Southern border."
lack of double-layer fencing can be traced to a 2007 amendment that
eliminated the double-fencing requirement and allowed the DHS the option to
put other types of less effective fencing in its place. It was lumped into a
massive, omnibus-spending bill that President Bush signed into law on
December 26, 2007."
Since President Obama took office, construction on the fence has halted.
Apparently the solution then was to use a "virtual fence" by way of drones
and sensors. DeMint goes on to say U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Chief Alan
Bersin dashed any hopes left for the virtual fence when he called it a
"complete failure" during a recent Senate hearing.
Almost everyone supports legal immigration where we gradually assimilate
newcomers into the population. No previous group, however, has had such a
large inflow or ease of access to their home country as Mexican immigrants
have today. That's because no previous wave of immigrants could walk right
into the country. Earlier groups crossed oceans to come here and were
assimilated into the culture in measured way.
income gap between the U.S. and Mexico is the largest between any two
neighboring countries in the world. The Mexican economy does not provide
living wages for its growing population, and their solution is to export
their poor to our country.
Americans clearly want the federal government to get tougher on illegal
immigration. While politicians pander for cheap labor and cheap votes, we
the taxpayers pick up the tab for their emergency room visits, education,
and other social services. When we factor in the increased taxpayer expense
and the fraying of the social fabric of our nation, cheap labor is not so
cheap after all.
Moreover, today's illegals do not conduct themselves like immigrants of the
past. Certainly, many are hard workers. However, they are here against our
laws and have little or no interest in learning English or the ways of our
culture. Illegals generally come here to find a job, not necessarily to
now, they are protesting our generosity in the streets while Mexican
President Felipe Calderon denounces Arizona's enforcement of federal law to
standing ovations in Congress. While Washington plays politics with border
security, their inaction is leading to increased drug trafficking, human
trafficking, and gang activity in the border states.
These brazen attitudes and behaviors are offensive to Americans, and are why
we need the border controlled. This is not about racism. It is about an
abuse of our laws and social norms that appalls every ethnic group,
especially those waiting in line legally to become citizens.
far, all efforts to secure the border have failed. Calling up National Guard
troops is only a stopgap measure. The Guardsmen will eventually go home.
Whatever funding provided this year for border protection may be cut next
year, and then we could be right back where we started. We need something
tangible. A fence is permanent, and we need to build it.
Other actions need to be taken to control illegal immigration such as a
foolproof, biometric identity card to for employment, and stiff penalties
against companies who hire undocumented workers. But those actions can wait.
The main solution to our illegal immigration problem begins with controlling
the border, and controlling the border starts with building a fence.
Sen. DeMint's efforts to finish the fence should be applauded.
a fence is in place and we restore order on the border, our ability to
handle guest worker programs and related issues becomes possible. Only when
the border is truly secure will Americans trust Washington to pass a
comprehensive immigration system that works.
have a proud history of accepting the world's poor in a system designed to
provide gradual assimilation of new citizens into our language and culture.
We need to control our border and allow that process to happen properly.