Wednesday, May 17, 2006

370 Miles of Border Fence

At least it's a start.

The Senate voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday and clashed over citizenship for millions of men and women who live in the United States illegally.

Amid increasingly emotional debate over election-year immigration legislation, senators voted 83-16 to add fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the southern border. It marked the first significant victory in two days for conservatives seeking to place their stamp on the contentious measure.
Many lawmakers are quoted in the article. Durbin offered the most ignorant "insight":

"What we have here has become a symbol for the right wing in American politics," countered Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. He said if the proposal passed, "our relationship with Mexico would come down to a barrier between our two countries."
Our relationship with Mexico? You mean the one where their corrupt military officials aid drug traffickers in crossing our border? Or the one where their government is so oppressive that their citizens have to flee to the United States for a better life? Or maybe the one where the Mexican government encourages illegal immigration to the United States to prop up the Mexican economy with the money the illegal immigrants send back?

Sounds like a relationship that could use some boundaries.

Our government should be hammering the Mexican government to reform. That would be a genuine display of compassion. Mexican citizens have the same natural rights as American citizens, and it's about time that the Mexican government started respecting those rights.


David said...

Excellent post!

Larry said...

Dave's quite right -- great observations! Yep, that's our Senator -- unfortunately.