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Thurman Speaks About Napolitano and Valdez Refusing To Admit Obvious

The following was submitted to the "Plugged In" blog moderated by the Arizona Republic.

   Linda Valdez wrote:
   "The border fence is a stupid, expensive idea
    that won't stop illegal immigration."

   I don't know how Linda defines "stupid" because
   building a border fence is a "smart" thing to do.

   I hope Linda's idea of a "fence" isn't like
   the fences most people in the Valley of the 
   Sun have surrounding their backyards.  We are 
   talking about a 'state-of-the-art' high-tech 
   21st century "fence."  Is such a fence expensive? 
   Yes, but our current border practices--which don't
   work--are also expensive.  

   I don't know how Linda defines "stop."  If stop
   means "100%," then she is correct in saying a
   border fence will not stop illegal immigration.  
   But she will have be a heck of a lot smarter 
   than a lot of smart people if she can come 
   up with an inexpensive border solution that 
   will stop illegal immigration completely.  
   A border fence will not be 100% successful, 
   but it could be highly efficient at blocking 
   illegal immigration.

After sending the message to talkback@arizonarepublic.com, I learned Arizona governor Janet Napolitano was quoted saying the following:

   "You show me a 50-foot wall, I'll show you a 51-foot ladder."

It appears all Valdez can do is regurgitate whatever comes out of the governor's mouth.

Napolitano's words prove she is a 20th century politician at a time when we need 21st century leaders. A 21st century high-tech border wall would work wonders at reducing illegal immigration.

I just spent two days in SE Arizona and border patrols were everywhere. I even saw one border patrol agent near The Thing.

Border patrols--employees, gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, etc. I suspect these border patrols drive lots of miles given the wide expanses of Mother Nature found in beautiful SE Arizona.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 24 December 2005