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
email@example.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
Created: 24 December 2005