Saturday, November 19, 2005

The cost of freedom

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., understands that illegal immigrants would never try to climb over a 2,000-mile fence along the Mexican border. And that the fence wouldn't destroy America's relations with our second-largest trading partner. And that people around the world wouldn't get the wrong idea if they saw us erecting a giant Berlin Wall-type barrier to separate ourselves from one of our closest allies.

Maybe it should have electrified barbed wire, too.


Blogger RightDemocrat said...

Our failure to secure the borders does leave us vulnerable to terrorism, is a tremendous economic drain on the border states and drives down wages for unskilled workers. We definitely need to improve border security and actively enforce penalties against employers who hire illegal aliens. Government agencies such as the Social Security Administration should be required to cooperate with immigration enforcement authorities. If employers did not hire illegal aliens and they were unable to get social services, most would return to their native country voluntarily.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Those ideas sound like reasonable, realistic steps to address illegal immigration. A giant border fence would be neither.

I'd also suggest that we reform our immigration system so law-abiding foreigners interested in coming to America legally don't have to sit on a waiting list for years. That's a big disincentive for the people who want to do things the right way.

11:10 PM  

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