Thursday, December 22, 2005

Building Walls

OK, I give in ... Here is the link to We Need A Fence Dot Com. The problem, according to the website:

The problem is not merely the number of illegal immigrants. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central and South America, there are several hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal aliens from countries that sponsor terrorism or harbor terrorists entering the United States each year across our border with Mexico. Thus, it is a national security issue as well as an immigration issue.

The lonely libertarian never really understands all the immigration hysteria. After all, all of the 9-11 hijackers were in the country legally. And the lonely libertarian can't recall the last domestic terror incident (or domestic terror arrest for that matter) involving an illegal immigrant.

I'm a bit apprehensive about labeling anti-immigration hardliners racist, but xenophobic might work. Because absent xenophobia and heightened self-interest at the expense of others, I don't quite understand what could really be driving anti-immigrant fervor. The terror aspect, quite simply, is bullshit. If that was the real concern, and the only concern, the best option would be to let more people in, to let as many people in who want to come here, and use the immigration and defense budgets to ensure that no one entering the country is a threat.

But building a wall to keep people out? That is sooooo Ming dynasty. Or as Trey Parker and Matt Stone might say ... Lousy Mongolians!


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