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Government Statistics Show a Border Fence Won’t Stop Illegal Entries

LatinaLista — A report over the weekend provided the statistical documentation to show that the increase in border security is working.

The only problem is those same statistics provide an even stronger case as to why a border fence is not the answer.

Government officials from both the United States and Mexico are crediting the tougher and more vigilant security measures at the border as working.
According to wire reports, U.S. border agents detained 55,545 undocumented immigrants between October and June — down 38% for the entire border compared to last year’s figures during the same time frame.
Officials are saying it’s because of the National Guard troops, remote surveillance technology and drone planes.
The biggest decrease — 68% — is in the Yuma, Arizona region.
However, around Nogales, AZ, officials are finding more dead bodies of immigrants than ever before. In an effort to bypass the strict border enforcement, these desperate immigrants are going into more dangerous areas of the border that eventually claim their lives.
In eastern Arizona, there has been a 23% increase in immigrant deaths from last year.
There’s only one area along the border that has actually seen an increase in border crossings (where people have lived to talk about it), and that’s the San Diego sector.
It’s rather ironic since that happens to be California Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter’s backyard.

Congressman Duncan Hunter
Reminiscent of Al Gore’s famous line of taking credit for the Internet, Hunter has been hitting the campaign trail bragging that had it not been for him the fence in San Diego would not have been built.
In fact, Hunter showed up to a meeting with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register last month still proud of being responsible for the steel barrier in San Diego.

He pulled one out of his pocket to show a stretch of steel, double-walled border fence built as a result of legislation he wrote in the 1990s, “not these little scraggly fences on CNN with people hopping over them.”
He represents a border district, and his other main issue, immigration enforcement, is also a career-long focus. He spearheaded building the first sections of fence between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, to stop drug smuggling and gang crime.
The fence was built with steel mats that are pieced together to form landing strips, military surplus that his staff scoured up on bases from Guam to Guantanamo. “There’s a lot of stuff you can find on military bases, if you look for it,” he said with the grin of satisfaction and twinkle in his eyes that appeared when he told stories about making things happen.
He wrote provisions of the bill approved last fall to build hundreds of additional miles of fence.

But what goes unopposed in San Diego is causing all Hell to break loose along the Texas-Mexico border.
Regular readers of Latina Lista know that there is an organized resistance to the proposed border fence that Congressman Hunter is pushing.
In all the data that has been released by the Department of Homeland Security, it is interesting to note that the areas reported to have the most crossings and deaths are outside the state of Texas.
Maybe it’s because people in South Texas have a historically different and stronger connection to their Mexican border counterparts than can be found anywhere else along the 1,951-mile U.S.-Mexico border.
Yet, Hunter thinks everyone feels the same way.
That’s what happens when elected officials don’t know, or care about, the will of the people.
It’s times like these when democracy has very little meaning for the very ones it was intended to champion.

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  • sandra
    August 14, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Another government sponsered study for the government to ignore?
    They’re looking for substantiation for the belief that Mexican immigrants are robbing god-fearing Americans of their jobs.
    If we paid the kind of wages most Americans expect (if they would even consider the sort of work agricultural workers do), the price of our food would go up.
    Walls have been tried throughout the history of mankind. It’ll make an interesting tourist attraction some day.

  • Frank
    August 15, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    The fence will work. The Berlin Wall worked and the China Wall worked. This is just propoganda being spread so that the wall won’t be built. On a border sector in San Diego, it cut back illegal immigraton enormously. You have to look at how it will help the Border Patrol do it’s job more effectively too.
    Those who claim the wall/fence won’t work are those not wanting to stop the flow of illegal aliens into this country.

  • yave begnet
    August 15, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    The Berlin Wall worked? I guess in a literal, limited kind of way, yes it worked. I’m not so sure that’s a comparison you want to be embracing …
    The new slogan: “It Worked for the Commies–Why Not In Texas?”

  • Horace
    August 18, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    yave begnet,
    The Berlin Wall worked quite well, period. The idea is to prevent the movement of persons across a boundary and in this respect it was quite successful. The idea behind the U.S. fence is to deter the already excludable by U.S. soverign right, to enter the U.S. If it sends a message to Mexico that if they won’t respect our right to say who enters our country, then we will escalate our efforts to enforce our laws, i.e. build a wall. Respect is a two way street and citizens are quickly growing impatient with their disrespectful neighbor to the south. Mexico not only sends its poor for us to care for, it sends its drug dealers and fugitive criminals, and then its government tells us that we should thank them for it. If this doesn’t wrankle Americans I don’t know what will.

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