We don’t secure our border only because we continue to play this “P.C.” game. If we truly wanted to stop it, the solution is simple.
Militarize the border
Nobody in, nobody out, unless they’ve got ‘papers’. No more crossings except for authorized entry points. Amazing the influence a pile of dead bodies would have on a person’s decision to cross illegally.
The US-Mexico border is 1,954 miles (3,439,040 yards) long. If you put up a tower every 200 yards, it would require 17,195 towers. Man these towers 24/7 with properly armed military personnel (hey – we’ve got 150,00 guys coming home from Afghanistan soon who will need jobs) means anything that crosses the border is within 100 yards of a rifle bullet. My guess is that we could say goodbye to 99% of illegal border crossings.
Don’t let anyone tell us that it would cost too much. Even at $15k per tower (typical overblown government contract rates?), the total cost to put up a twenty-foot tower every 200 yards along the entire 1,954 miles of the US-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas to Tiajuana, California, would be barely over $250 million. Of course, since we get back $1.47 for every dollar spend by Uncle Sam, we make a cool $117 million profit, right?
How many billions do we currently spend each year on “Border Security” that allows millions of illegals to cross every year? How many billions more do we currently spend on providing benefits to these trespassers? The cost to put 5 soldiers at each tower would be barely over $1 billion a year. We would be saving taxpayers billions each year that could be used to help balance our budget, or provide benefits for Americans.
Ps – Some additional steps to stem the flood of illegals:
As long as our government incentivizes illegal immigration, it will never stop. There are a few additional measures we could take to make sneaking in a bit less inviting.
Declare English to be the official language of the United States of America
One country, one people, one language. Don’t like it? Don’t stay. A few hundred million saved every year by not printing every single state and federal form in multiple languages. In order to legally immigrate to this country, you must prove basic English skills, or at least have a family member who can serve as an interpreter.
Strict Enforcement of existing immigration/labor laws
Since 1986, it has been a federal offense to knowingly employ anyone in this country illegally. Enforce instant deportation of illegal workers – period. Business with multiple violations must be shut down.