October 3, 2006


Border Fence Called Impractical (News Services, October 3, 2006)

Building a fence in an attempt to secure the U.S. border with Mexico is impractical and would simply lead illegal immigrants to cross elsewhere, according to former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and other experts. [....]

Republican backers of the proposal contend it is necessary to prevent entry to the United States by illegal immigrants and extremists, and to prevent smuggling of weapons and drugs.

That's the Delta we used to know.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2006 9:27 AM

It most obviously correct.that a "fence" will not stop illegal immigration. The fence idea is just anotrher manifestation of the gun-control mentality. The measures don't work, but we want to look as though we care.

Where there's a will, there's a way. It is the will of the would-be law-breaker that must be broken. Making the criminal's task slightly more difficult doesn't stop him, it just causes him to change tactics a little bit. As long as we persist in the cynical sham of exploiting immigrant labor by keeping it under the table, the illegal immigrants will keep coming in any way they can.

And it is a cynical sham. If we meant business, we would go to biometric screening of legal immigrants and major jail time for those imploying the illegals.

Posted by: MFEM MF MFEMFEM at October 3, 2006 11:27 AM

Of course we don't mean business--that's the point of the exercise. We're not going to treat quintessential Americans like crimials. It would be unAmerican.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 11:42 AM

"Making the criminal's task slightly more difficult doesn't stop him,"

It just stops a few of the least motivated.
The fence is way too little, but still better than nothing.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at October 3, 2006 1:23 PM

It's way better than nothing because the nativists are dumb enough to think it'll do something.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 1:51 PM

They've had the fence up in the El Paso area for the past 30 or so years, after the Rio Grande riverbed was concreted in the mid-1960s. It does prevent illegals from getting run over on Loop 375 as they cross the border, and most of the crossings simply go down to the Lower Valley southeast of El Paso or into the desert area to the west in New Mexico (where putting a fence over a mountain or two is probelmatic, at best).

Posted by: John at October 3, 2006 2:04 PM

Of course, OJ always leaves his house and car unlocked. It doesn't make any difference, you see, because if someone wanted to steal anything they could just break a window.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 3, 2006 2:36 PM

Who does?

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2006 2:43 PM


I always thought they put the fence up there to keep people from getting hit as they ran across the Border Expressway. Ironically that piece of highway is named after Cesar Chavez.

Posted by: Jeff at October 3, 2006 3:37 PM

Jeff --

It's also in place west of the downtown bridges, where the Border Expressway ends and the old Bankhead Highway is still in place, but I'm not sure if that fence was installed at the same time as the Loop 375 fencing (on the Juarez side, there are open ramp that allow you to drive right down to the concrete riverbed, and you can then walk onto the U.S. side up to the top of the embankment where the fence is located).

Posted by: John at October 3, 2006 4:50 PM