Border Security, or Lack Thereof

By Loudoun Insider

Ric James at Hooda Thunk has a great post up about this topic, click on the Hooda Thunk link on the blogroll for more. I also read an interesting article in, of all mags, this month’s Soldier of Fortune pointing out the ridiculous overblown “Virtual Fence” solutions that are broken or worthless most of the time. But of course the government contractors have really cleaned up with our tax dollars – I think we’d get much better bang for our buck with good old fashioned barb wire.

Where do we stand now with Bush and a Democratic Congress in regard to real border security? Ric James and others have opined that we’ll probably see a series of delays and excuses for installing the promised fence. Unfortunately I probably believe this will be the case. What in the world is it going to take to get this BS under control?


  • Terry says:

    Barb wire? People can climb through/over/under a fence. I don’t see how that would help anything.

  • I was using that as a metaphor for a more substantial physical barrier – something along the lines of the Israeli fence, but not as massive. Some type of multi-layer physical feature to provide real deterrence and clearly mark the border.

  • Ben Dover says:

    I think that a faster solution would be to hand over border security to the private sector. In fact, if we could take advantage of making border security a media event, I suspect we could have some form of barrier in place within weeks. Get Mark Burnett (creator of Survivor and other reality shows) to create some kind of obstacle course at key border crossings.

    Each course feature (i.e.: moats, walls, ziplines, hidden pits) could be paid for by corporate endorsements – you could have the Wachovia Wall, or the Aflac Agility Course, or the Duracell Dog Avoidance Area. Illegals who make it through the course get a green card. Those that don’t – well, they can sign up to try again in a year.

    Think this is far fetched? Consider this: There actually is a spanish reality show called “Gana la Verde”, which means “Win the Green” – “the show features immigrants who compete in contests that have included gulping down live tequila worms, fending off vicious attack dogs and jumping between two speeding 18-wheeler trucks.” Winning contestants aren’t actually given a green card, but are provided free legal advice to begin the process of applying for and obtaining a green card.

    Incidentally, Gana La Verde, which has aired more than 20 episodes, is ranked No. 2 among 18- to 49-year-old Hispanic viewers – in LA and San Diego. If we can commercialize border security, we can dramatically reduce the expense of the fence. America….what a great country!!!

  • Good one, Ben. It looks like we’re getting closer to The Running Man (Stephen King story, Swarzenegger movie) being a reality every year!

  • Maureen Wood says:

    If our government would actually enforce America’s immigration laws, we might see a decrease of illegal’s coming here. Thus the fence might not be needed.

    If people know there aren’t any consequences for their actions, of course they continue to do what they can get away with.

    If illegal’s know that they are not welcome here, won’t have a job, and their kids would’nt get a free education, maybe they wouldn’t come here!

    Until that time I guess a fence is better than nothing.

  • Ray Hyde says:

    A mexican crossed the border every day with a small cart full of hay. Every day border security searched the hay for contraband and found nothing.

    This went on for years. Finally one day the border guard stopped the Mexican, and after searching his handcart he said to the Mexican, “Look, this is my last day on the job, I’m retiring tomorrow. I know you are smuggling something, but I don’t know what it is or how you are doing it. I promise I won’t bust you if you will just tell me your secret, it is driving me crazy.”

    The Mexican answered, “I smuggle handcarts, señor.”

    Sometimes nothing is what it seems.

  • andy says:

    Where did we stand with Bush and a Republican congress?

  • Ric James says:

    Thank you, Loudoun Insider, for the mention. I hear the kind of response that was represented in the 1st comment to this post all the time; a kind-of dismissive wave of the hand as saying that because a fence can be climbed, it’s a bad idea to erect one. Ridiculous. If that’s a valid reasoning, then every fence everywhere in the world is a huge waste of time. Simply because a given part of a solution won’t handle every possible breach isn’t a good reason to not implement it.

    A good fence, well designed, will become a serious obstacle to those looking to pass into this country unnoticed. Will there be people who will scale it, undaunted? Sure. So what? If it turns back or dissuades 25% of those who would otherwise simply stroll over the border (and I think it will do better, personally), it’s worth putting it up. Back it up with all the “virtual wall” sensors, by all means, but put something physical in the way.

  • Another Moderate Republican says:

    The only deterent I can see working will be take take away the jobs, US taxpayer financed services such as medical care, education, social security. Time was when “illegals” would be terrified at the thought of being detected–now it is no big deal What about all the politicians’ promises to get this situation under control???? And the thought of giving millions of law-breakers AMNESTY makes my blood boil. Even a wall all along the southern border won’t stop them but if there are no jobs, etc., they won’t come.

  • Maureen Wood says:

    Here’s a good one on the border fence. You have to look for the right entry, but there it is!

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