Posted: 06/19/07 15:47
by Dave Mindeman
Let's build a wall.
That's what we need. A wall. A monument to our total ineptness.
We are fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have troops stationed in South Korea, Germany, Kuwait, and Japan. We have a defense budget which would rank in the top 10 for world economies. Yet, we need to build a wall.
A wall to secure and protect us from people who are doing the same thing that our immigrant ancestors wanted to do. To better themselves....to find a new life.
In this day and age, you would think that building walls would be a measure for protection. Yet, this wall has very little to do with that. No, this wall is merely a symbol. A symbol of a broken immigration system. A biased immigration system. A non-workable bureaucratic immigration system.
Our politicians need something tangible...something for show. They can't or won't inspect more than 1% of the goods that go through our ports. They can't or won't stop a man with a virulent strain of TB crossing our northern border. They have an ever growing "watch" list of over half a million people filled with grandmothers, babies, and dead people. They have unmanageable waiting lists of people requesting immigration while at the same time can't keep track of people on temporary visas.
Estimated cost of this "wall" is $2.2 billion... when all is said and done it will be more than that. Couldn't this money be better spent modernizing a pathetic visa record keeping system? or putting together a comprehensive guest worker program that keeps track of who comes in and who comes out? or making a watch list that is actually useful?
To classify this immigration debate as "securing our borders" is a cruel joke. Frankly, any debate about securing borders would put a wall on our southern border way down the list of priorities.
But build it, we shall. Why, because we need something to point to... something to show the world how truly incompetent we are.