Friday, April 07, 2006

It's all Just Bricks In The Wall...

No matter what your opinions are on the ongoing immigration debate, there seems to be one single facet that everyone seems to be in agreement on: all solutions begin with the need to stop the unfettered flow of more immigrants into the country FIRST. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer says it best today.

Forget employer sanctions. Build a barrier. It’s simply ridiculous to say it can’t be done. If one fence won’t do it, then build a second 100 yards behind it. And then build a road for patrols in between. Put cameras. Put sensors. Put out lot’s of patrols.

Can’t be done? Israel’s border fence has been extraordinarily successful in keeping out potential infiltrators who are far more determined then mere immigrants. Nor have very many North Koreans crossed into South Korea in the last 50 years.

Krauthammer states that border security is the responsibility of the federal government, not employers. While I agree with that statement, I’m still not willing to let employers off the hook.

But the rest of the article I believe rings true. Krauthammer believes that once you’ve stopped the bleeding leveler heads will prevail on all sides with what to do going forward. Amnesty believers will have a better time making their case to the hard liners with the comfort that the problem isn’t still a run away one. He concludes the piece with this:

…Full amnesty – earned with back taxes and learning English and the like – with full border control. If we do it right, not only will we solve the problem, we will get it done as one nation.

We put a man on the moon, I'm pretty confident we can build a freaking mammoth wall as Charles describes. Let’s get it done…


At 4:38 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

Are you serious?

And to use the cover of "The Wall" as a graphic... oy. That stings.

I'm not sure what to say. How are these people hurting us?

There are a LOT of other things we should build walls around if you really want to protect the people.

Catholic churches, the White House come to mind.

At 5:18 PM, April 07, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

I removed the PF part before posting, but I have to admit I knew I get you to read it if I did.

The fact is, and both parties agree on this really, that we cannot support the continued unfettered infux of illegal immigrants into this country. It's an unsubstainable plan to allow the status quo to continue. I wish it wasn't but it is.

Chris, illegally immigrants live a life of high risk. They often do not secure automobile insurance, for instance, since they know that they can be sent back anytime. The number of uninsured motor vehicle accidents involving illegal immigrants here in Georgia is staggering. 11 million people not paying their share of thier tax burdan is a PROBLEM.

I've said it before, if there is a need for migrant workers (and I think there is) then let's legitimize it. That doesn't mean throw the doors open. It means putting a rational plan in place and shoring up the border.

I won't even ask about the White House, but explain why you think the Catholic church requires a wall to be built around it. How are Catholics hurting you? BTW, an overwhelming majority of Mexican illegal immigrants happen to be Catholic, hence why Catholic churches are so opposed to any current legislation being discussed.

At 10:26 AM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

The Catholics aren't hurting me, but the Catholic Church is hurting a lot of people.

Have you heard about the priests molesting kids? It appears to be a bit of a problem.

At 4:39 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

I am absolutely sure a wall across the Mexican border can be built.

I just think it's a bad idea.

I am opposed to such a wall because of what it says about us, and the historical corelation it brings with it.

Saying that Israel has had success with a wall proves my point - I do not wish to be associated with Isreal. I don't believe in nations being built upon religion, nor do I support their right to exist in that part of the world - but that's another story.

I agree that the influx of illegal immigrants creates some problems, but I think we can adjust to the situation without throwing up a wall.

These people come here because they have squat and we are like a giant neon sign in the sky with an arrow that says "Better life this way". We need to work with the governments of these nations to improve the quality of life there so that they are less inclined to come here without going through the proper proceedures - which could be made easier as well.

You are saying: why do we need to improve life in Latin America?

The Monroe Doctrine, start there, and work your way foreward.


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