There are obvious reasons why a nation should establish and defend its borders. They are much the same reasons why home owners and business owners define and protect their property boundaries . . . and often do so by erecting a fence.
As a nation, it is important for us to protect our borders from illegal movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people. Yet, at the same time, it is important that we promote proper entry into the country. Both are important things! Protect for national security; yet, lawful and proper entry for economic prosperity. Both as a matter of national sovereignty.
There are so many reasons for us to secure our southern border. Just to name a few:
1. Life in the U.S. is greatly attractive to the poor, destitute people of Mexico, and it is simply impossible to assimilate all those who would want to enter;
2. We are living in an ever-increasingly dangerous world, with many enemies who seek to do us harm, and caution and control of entry is more and more important;
3. The drug cartels are totally evil entities and pose great threat to our nation; and
4. We have many citizens and physical assets within a short three-hour drive of our southern border, and that can serve as an attractive target for an enemy. Moreover, with that same area, we have significant military assets that, too, could serve as attractive targets.
So, that addresses the “WHY” of border security. Now, the question becomes “HOW” do we effectively accomplish that important task?
1. We began the process of building a fence; however, when President Bush left office, funding died and a partial fence stands along part of the border. The simple truth is that a partial fence simply does not do much to keep folks out of either our country, or our back yards.
Whatever it is we select as a tool, we must complete it! It Seems to me . . . that a partial fence standing sends the wrong message . . . that we are not very serious about security!
2. Much has been said and written about the subject of “Boots on the Ground,” yet, I think that is not a very good approach to the problem. My reasons are: a) people are noisy, and in groups they are more so, and thus, it is easy for criminals to work around and avoid; b) it is a very expensive approach; and c) the human element always brings in additional dynamics . . . such as abuse, dishonesty, bribery, and a host of problems that are unrelated to our security, but are the products of human behavior (e.g. following our capture of Iran during Operation Desert Storm, we as a people were horrified as the abuses imposed on prisoners in the name of our great country became publicly known)!
3. There are wonderful new systems and gadgets available today to monitor activity. I know that I can use such satellite systems to monitor animal activity around the feeders at the ranch 600 miles away. I can literally watch a deer or a bobcat at the blind on my living room TV. It is all motion-activated! Nothing happening? Nothing reported!
4. The drone program is an amazing and proven form of technology that is able to gather and distribute important data in a very time-effective method.
Finally, our federal agencies and military branches have developed systems and tools that can easily monitor the border and send information to any point on the planet in a matter of seconds. In fact, they have bragged that they can monitor us to the point that we can stand on our porch at the midnight hour, open a stick on chewing gum, and they can identify the flavor!
It Seems to me . . . that the need for border security is obvious and the American people have repeatedly sent that message to Washington that it is desired and expected . . . the urgency is clear . . . and the technology is available.
So, it is troubling just how this serious matter somehow evolved into a “battle ground” between the two political parties. The truth is that neither of those self-serving parties has a dog in this fight, nor does either have one single penny invested . . . this is a national issue and the people have made their wishes known and have provided sufficient funds to make it happen. However, our representatives have purposely ignored us, set up strongholds in and around the issue and squandered our money on much less important things . . . things we neither wanted, nor requested . . .
The truth is that things are heating up, and we are seeing more and more troubling reports by Texas ranchers about the criminal activity they are seeing . . . and of greater concern: sections of their own ranches they are no longer to use or enter!
It Seems to me . . . It is high time for action! My next subject will be, “Who needs to do it?”