Sunday, March 15, 2009

Border Patrol

This article starts out with a story about 3 men using a ladder and a tree to scale the border fence. Several minutes later, they are apprehended by Border Patrol. Then the article goes on to describe how this shows the fence is not working -> they got over. 

Wrong. It took them so long to accomplish, and put them up in the air where they were easily seen, allowing the understaffed BP to effectively apprehend the illegals. How can this be listed as a failure of the fence?  If anything, the fact that some still get through, around, over, or under means that there is not enough BP to properly patrol the fence we have.

Farther along in the article, it illustrates a scenario where taxi cabs use spotters to watch for BP patrols, and then drive illegals to the end of the fence to let them run around. This tells me two things: One, the fence ain't long enough. If it was, and the taxi had to drive 30 miles, instead of 3, it might be more likely to find another BP agent on patrol. Two, there aren't enough agents to patrol the obvious drop off points on a continual and consistent basis. Sounds like a great set-up type of scenario - put one agent in a truck to drive off, 20 agents in a building waiting to see what crawls out of the woodwork when that truck leaves.

Also, almost lost in the article: "White said using subcontractors to build fencing resulted in more effective barriers.
"They hit the ground running, have engineers troubleshooting. They have all the right equipment for the job. They are the professionals," he said."  -> chalk one up for private enterprise and independent contractors! Once again, proving the free market does a better job than government

 ***Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.***
Peter Schmugge

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