Sunday, December 17, 2006

Fence is a waste

Congress recently allocated $1.2 billion to make a down payment on construction of a $6 billion wall that would run along 700 of the 1300 mile border with Mexico Regardless of what your position on the immigration issue is this wall is a very bad idea that will have little impact on immigration.

This bill is riddled with problems. It was passed in an attempt to give off the illusion of action by Congress on a hot issue. In addition the wall does nothing to address the immigrants already in this nation, if completed it will barely cover half the length of the border, and come on folks, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that all that is needed to get over a ten foot fence is an eleven foot ladder. A more effective (and diplomatically more acceptable) method of stemming illegal immigration would be to use that money to promote economic development in the countries these people are coming from. A few billion may not magically transform a developing economy into a world class one, but a little bit of money can go a long way in a poor country. This project is about as productive as Ted Steven's bridge to nowhere.

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