Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Border Fence Folly--with an update!!!

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Update:
Don't miss the post at "The Mex Files" today on the environmental impact of the border wall!!! A picture is worth six of my blog posts!!! I'm serious!!!


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Even conservative The New Republic published not one, not two, but six reasons the border fence is bad policy in "The Border Fence Folly." [Hat tip to Project Steev for this info. ] The Six (6) Reasons (you don't even have to follow the link to find out!) are:

#1. It doesn't work.
That's because 1) a majority of undocumented immigrants arrived here legally anyway. They overstayed their legal visas. AND 2) People who are considering an illegal crossing know it's dangerous but are going to do it anyway (at at least that's what 90% of them say).

#2. It exacerbates the problem.
The people who used to return to Latin America for part of the year annually now have to stay put once they get into the U.S. Our unauthorized immigrant population is getting larger and more permanent because it is harder to cross.

#3. It's inhumane.
The wall pushes would-be crossers into more harsh and dangerous places. Deaths on the border have increased sharply, particularly for women and children.

#4. It's enormously costly.
They estimate $49 Billion for a partial wall. My blogger friend eProf's wife quipped, "Is is made out of gold?" Another, Ruth Hull Chatlien remarked here yesterday: "That money could do so much good put to other purposes."

#5. It's environmentally damaging.
The wall crosses numerous areas of federally protected lands, but Chertoff has gotten the thing fast-tracked, so no environmental (or any other kind of law) applies! No studies will investigate possible environmental problems. This homemade YouTube video takes a look at the problems: Border Wall=Environmental Disaster.


#6. It's legally dubious.
A 2005 law allowed the Secretary of Homeland Security to waive "all legal requirements" in order to speed up the construction to the fence. The bill sharply limits judicial review to a single District judge; any appeal from that ruling can only go to the Supreme Court at the Court's discretion. The Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife, along with New York Times columnist Adam Liptak, argue that Congress's voluntary delegation of powers to the executive branch threatens the basic Constitutional principle of separation of powers.

Cecilia Muñoz, of the Hispanic advocacy group National Council of La Raza calls the fence "a monument to Congress's efforts to look like they're doing something."
---my sentiments exactly!

[August 28: Day 2 of March for Peace and Unity against the Border Wall. This is why they are marching!]

--cross-posted at Uncommon Sense, a new site devoted to defending the U.S. Constitution.

9 comments:

Jamie said...

Extensive article in today's Washington Post about E Verify, raids and deportation

Washington Post

Mariamariacuchita said...

Yes, 600 rounded up! This is a great list. Why aren't we spending this onet to take care of the poor? It is poverty that sends so many documented and undocumented immigrants over U.S. borders. This wall would buy thousands of laptops and pay for thousands of teachers and schoolrooms.

Randal Graves said...

a monument to Congress's efforts to look like they're doing something.

Isn't that rule #1 in the packet that freshman Congress clowns get?

dada said...

Thanks for yesterday's great video, B.E. In these last days of (crumbling) empire, we build a wall as monument to our corrupted values and banishment of everything this nation once 'supposedly' stood for. What greater testament to the rest of the world that America is dying?

Well, I am saddened to learn Postville, IA's largest ICE raid record has fallen. But why are these records made, if not to be broken, right?

Instead of a Grand Wall to make Americans think their gov't reps are really doing something about undocumented immigrants, how about forgoing that in favor of mandating smaller walls across the nation be constructed around plants that employ undocumenteds, born at each employer's expense?

Let Swift (where ca. 100 workers were busted), Agriprocessors Inc. (ca. 300 workers), and Howard Industries (600!) build and pay for their own freakin' walls? At least it might be less subtle to the rest of the world exactly what's going on here.

Of course I'm being facetious. How could these industries remain competitive w/o their cheap labor, many working long hours under slave-like conditions?

And, god forbid, what will become of these industries once the Great Wall of America successfully halts all of their cheap labor? (sic)

I guess they'll just have to move to Bangladesh.

Mnmom said...

dada said it all. Mean people and their mean greedy decisions stink.

Mariamariacuchita said...

"Instead of a Grand Wall to make Americans think their gov't reps are really doing something about undocumented immigrants, how about forgoing that in favor of mandating smaller walls across the nation be constructed around plants that employ undocumenteds, born at each employer's expense??"

This is one of the best ideas I've ever heard. Thanks, dada.

Border Explorer said...

I love you guys!!!!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

We stole Mexico's most productive land, and now we want to wall them off so they can't even come work there as poor laborers and workers in low-grade service industries.

As the Mexican saying goes, "So near to the United States and so far from God."

Border Explorer said...

Beautiful, Ruth!
Sometimes here in the heart of the Empire, I feel like we are very far from God.