Charles Krauthammer’s latest column makes the same major point as many of us on the center-right side of immigration politics:
My proposition is this: A vast number of Americans who oppose legalization and fear new waves of immigration would change their minds if we could radically reduce new — i.e., future — illegal immigration.
Forget employer sanctions. Build a barrier. It is simply ridiculous to say it cannot be done. If one fence won’t do it, then build a second 100 yards behind it. And then build a road for patrols in between. Put in cameras. Put in sensors. Put out lots of patrols.
Can’t be done? Israel’s border fence has been extraordinarily successful in keeping out potential infiltrators who are far more determined than mere immigrants. Nor have very many North Koreans crossed into South Korea in the past 50 years.
Of course it will be ugly. So are the concrete barriers to keep truck bombs from driving into the White House. But sometimes necessity trumps aesthetics. And don’t tell me that this is our Berlin Wall. When you build a wall to keep people in, that’s a prison. When you build a wall to keep people out, that’s an expression of sovereignty. The fence around your house is a perfectly legitimate expression of your desire to control who comes into your house to eat, sleep and use the facilities. It imprisons no one.
Of course, no barrier will be foolproof. But it doesn’t have to be. It simply has to reduce the river of illegals to a manageable trickle. Once we can do that, everything becomes possible — most especially, humanizing the situation of our 11 million illegals.
Amen. Building a wall sure beats caving in to the open borders crowd, as the Senate Republican leadership just did.
If you build it, they won’t come.
Michelle Malkin’s latest roundup on the Republican Senate’s immigration wuss-a-palooza says it all.
I also like this handy visual retort to the open borders crowd:
As I said yesterday, build a wall first and deal with the rest later. I’ll let Michelle rip the amnesty deal for me. My temper’s too short on this subject to write anything temperate right now.
I’ve been keeping quiet on the illegal immigration debate, because I know I’m likely to get hot under the collar and write something I’ll regret later. Both of my parents are naturalized citizens, as are my uncles and aunts, and as were my grandparents. As a child of legal immigrants, I’m quite anti-illegal-alien in my outlook. That’s why I’ve been biting my tongue. However, I’m also a veteran, and national security is my number one priority. Since the Senate has crafted a disastrous “compromise” on illegal immigration today, there’s one thing I simply must put on the record now: America needs to build a wall along the entire Mexican border, and we need to do it as soon as possible.
I approach the problem as a retired Coast Guardsman. The massive influx of illegals is like seawater flooding a ship through a hole in the hull. The top priority is to stop the flooding. Pumping the water out can wait. Drying out the wet spaces belowdecks can wait. Upgrading to a thicker hull can wait. Plug the hole first. Deal with the results afterward.
This is a national security issue, not a race issue or an economic issue. This wouldn’t be a “Berlin Wall”; our wall would keep enemies out, not oppressed citizens in. Our border with Mexico is our giant back door, and it’s hanging wide open. Locking the front door and putting bars on the windows makes no sense if we leave the back door open. Islamists can slip into our Southwest as easily as anybody else can, and they aren’t looking for jobs. No “virtual wall” will do. We need a long, high physical barrier like the one Israel built. Israel’s wall drastically reduced the number of terrorist attacks from the West Bank and Gaza, and ours would make it much harder for terrorists to perpetrate a new Beslan massacre in Arizona.
I understand that making our border into a barrier will upset the Mexican government, but I care more about our national security than I care about keeping the Mexicans happy. I understand that illegal immigrants will try to find other ways into the country. Fine; we’ll plug those gaps when we find them. We might want to build another wall along some or all of our border with Canada, too, and I’m willing to start near Detroit. But our top priority must be to build a long, high wall between us and Mexico. Every other immigration issue can wait.
There, I said it.
Update: Hugh Hewitt knows what’s most important, too.
How can our Border Patrol agents secure our increasingly violent frontiers with less funding? They sure can’t look to the Army or Marine Corps for help.
Well, at least we can be happy that Congressman Chris Cannon’s no longer on the House Subcommittee on Immigration, so that’s one less open borders fan gumming up the works. And there’s always public support for border enforcement … just ask the University of North Texas students who created “Capture An Illegal Immigrant Day” (are you following all this, Matt?).
Get everything you need to know about the possible dirty bomb threat in Boston at The Counterterrorism Blog.
Hat tip: Powerpundit
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin’s all over it … especially the illegal immigration angle.
Could this be a head fake? I mean, are the terrorists drawing our attention to Boston while the real target is the Inauguration? Or are they hoping to stretch our security resources thin by forcing us to concentrate on two major cities … so they can hit a third? Just speculating.
On Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday, a blogger known as Sabretooth called in and challenged Hugh’s support for President Bush’s “guest worker” program for illegal aliens. Sabretooth issued a challenge and extracted a commitment of sorts:
I asked Hugh if he would be able to support the President’s guest worker program if it allowed legalized illegal aliens access to citizenship.
“I won’t like the program,” he said.
Uh, Hugh … with his post today, Sabretooth appears to have won the argument.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Yahoo News relates the story of how Canada, our not-very-stalwart ally to the north, has finally found an enemy it feels qualified to stand up to: Sabrina, the flying squirrel.
Cosmo will be torn between his distaste for liberals and his hatred for squirrels.