Almost all the news concerning the American border with Mexico is almost guaranteed to include either shooting, murder, assassination, drug smuggling, human smuggling, weapon smuggling, terrorist smuggling, or some threat to the lives and wellbeing of the American citizens near the border and in directly throughout the entire country. Mexico also commands the majority of our undocumented workers, paperless citizens, illegal immigrant, or your own favorite expression of choice. No matter what path we choose, amnesty, deportation, path to citizenship, some revolutionary idea, or some combination of actions, the problem will continue to grow into an even more immense challenge in the future unless we actually close the border once and for all. Anything less is a guaranteed failure with enormous consequences and unbearable costs with no end in sight. Closing the border and cutting off completely all illegal crossing of people, goods, or whatever is therefore the first order of business and must be realized before any other illegal immigration problems can be effectively addressed.
I can hear your comment of thanks for stating the recognizable problem Captain Obvious, do you have any ideas? Well, actually I do. It requires a total reconfiguration of the Border Patrol. First and possibly most important, the Border Patrol must be taken away from the Immigration Department and merged into either the Army or the Coast Guard, I would prefer the Army. The next step is to place as many troops as proves necessary armed far more than necessary and make crossing the border of the United States a dangerous proposition unless done legally with the proper authorizations. If this requires placing guard bunkers complete with sufficient soldiers to man a minimum of two machine guns close enough to provide crossing-fire. They must be given standing orders to give one clear and precise order for anyone crossing the border to halt and be interred, documented with name, country of citizenship, photographed, finger prints and any other requirements considered necessary and then sent back across the border into either Canada or Mexico depending which direction they entered the United States.
The argument many try to put forward to keep the border porous is that it is un-Constitutional to use the Military to enforce Immigration Laws, that this is reserved for a civilian corps to enforce. The truth is that border defense is exactly the purview of the Military. The argument that the Military is prohibited from enforcing our borders against illegal entrants is as rational as claiming the Military is not responsible for defending against an invasion once the enemy forces are inside our border. People illegally crossing an international border is a form of invasion that if allowed to persist can lead to radical changes to our demographics and possibly to our society and our freedoms. That is exactly why protecting our borders is a job for our Military. To be honest, no other institution of our government is better equipped to enforce and protect our borders, keeping us safer.
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