Anxiety brews among immigration supporters

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • hacimo BROOKLINE, MA
    July 19, 2013 12:47 a.m.

    According to the Senate bill the border is to have a fence and also a string of surveillance cameras, radar installations and motion detectors similar to what one might find in a home burglar alarm system. A 90% capture rate means that when the alarm system is tripped, the person trying to cross is captured at least 90% of the time. It is not so difficult to do if one has enough patrol cars and officers on duty to intercept the crossers. The Senate bill calls for, and actually indeed promises to achieve the 90% capture rate but there is no penalty for non-compliance. In other words it is the same sort of empty promise that was made in 1986. Republicans are now older and wiser and realize that such democrat promises are worthless. The republican idea to insure compliance was to require that the 90% capture rate be achieved before any aliens can get legal status. When this common sense idea was advanced, Obama went ballistic and began speaking gibberish about how a 90% capture rate was impossible and could never be accomplished. Well this is nonsense.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:46 p.m.


    It is not now possible to "secure" the border 100% in this country or in any other. Moreover, it never at any time been "secure." Neither have the borders of any other country.

    I ask, have you ever visited the Checkpoint Charlie museum in Berlin. The Russians and the Germans (East Germans had 1/3 of the adult population on the payroll of the secret police) could not together "secure" the border. Obviously people were going through in both directions, but the museum commemorates those who escaped Communism.

    Since it is impossible to "secure" the border, the next question is how far up the scale of diminishing returns are the anti-reformers willing to go before they will consider that they have spent too much of our tax money? How much of a police state (guards at the borders and enforcement inside) do we pay for or tolerate?

    Fences, drones, arms, high technology, cameras at every intersection, huge databases storing historical movement of people.

    At some point the anti-reform people need to make it clear when they will stop committing resources to this new industry and let those resources go back to things like education and building infrastructure.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 18, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    It requires childlike faith to believe that any Democrat, least of all the president, will do anything to secure the border. We fell for this trap about 3 decades ago and nothing has changed.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 18, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    Good article, but includes no link to connect with immigration reform supporters. Does anyone know where to look for an access point?