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The Border Fence: Left of Center View

Let's build a wall. I know officially its more of a fence, but wall sounds so much more formal and imposing. So screw fences, let's build us a wall along our borders.

For this wall to work it really needs to be more like the DMZ between North and South Korea, very few make it through there. We could go more the Berlin wall route, but they had to wimp out a little on that one since it ran through the middle of a major city. We don't have that problem for most of our borders, plenty of room for a minefield. Relax, we can use non-lethal mine that just release tear gas. Put a few million of those babies in the soil along the border and we’re set.

Along with our wall we should really put up some impressive and ominous looking guard towers. In over twenty years the East Germans only managed to kill 125 people trying to cross the border. Hell, shooting 125 people, that's a regular Tuesday night in New Orleans. We should be able to get some big numbers right off the bat. Release those numbers along with footage of folks running across the minefields to the press on both sides of the fence, sorry wall, and those numbers should drop drastically in just a few months.

It’s all about perceptions. As long as poor, oppressed people see the U.S. as a land of opportunity and democratic freedom they will continue to cross the border, legally or not. But create a wall and promise to kill anyone trying to climb over it and you just might quell the tide a little. Besides, think of the good it will do for our economy. Thousands will have to be hired to build and maintain our new wall. We've already privatized both our military and prison systems, why not immigration as well.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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American Immigration Abroad

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs and Fair Trade
Open Borders and the American Worker
ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration




The Border Fence: Right of Center View

The border fence seems like a logical thing when you think about it. We have a border that we wish to keep people from coming across. In order to secure that border, we need some sort of controllable barrier in place. Some nations secure their borders with landmines. We chose to do it with a fence. In my view it is a much more civilized approach than the aforementioned landmines.

There are those among the liberal ranks who decry the fence as some racist slight against Mexicans. This is utterly foolish. More illegal immigrants enter our nation from Mexico than from any other place. The logical thing to do is to address the most severe issues first. If Mexico is the source of most of our illegal immigrants then we need to make sure that we make the most effort to block the people coming from Mexico illegally. It doesn’t mean that it should be the only measure we take against illegal immigration but just because some people feel it is politically incorrect we should not abandon a logical course of action. Frankly, I say electrify the fence but that’s just me.

When we make public policy we need to make sure we are doing the most logical and sensible things. We have this annoying national tendency to confuse politically correct with fair. It is fundamentally unfair that some people spend all the time and effort to go through the legal immigration process while others get into our country without following the steps required by law for legal immigration to the United States. The arguments against the fence are mostly specious defeatist arguments that say the expense is unwarranted because the fence won’t work well enough to merit the cost of construction. The thought that this fence is somehow racist is absolutely ridiculous and not worth even addressing in intelligent conversation. The desire to keep illegal immigration to a minimum by addressing the area of highest violations is not racist. It is merely being logical.

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Last Week's View from the Right:
American Immigration Abroad

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy and Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs, Safety and Fair Trade
Open Border Trucking Policies
Unions Defending Illegal Aliens
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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