Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Mexican border . . this can't be good.

So, the government of Mexico is going to teach its citizens the best way of slipping over our border without bothering to get a visa. In otherwords, the government of Mexico is facilitating a border incursion into another sovereign nation - us. Basically, the government of Mexico is supplying a crime kit.

And this isn't the worst of it. The Mexican army has been slipping over into the U.S. from time to time, facilitating smuggling.

I think this is a bigtime security issue. If both meth and people are routinely smuggled into the country with the help of corruption in the Mexican government, what other nasty little surprises are in store for us?

I'd love to see a well controlled but easy to obtain guest worker status developed, so that honest, poor Mexicans can participate in our world-- as they have been doing up to now to our mutual benefit without the formal recognition of the law. Workers wouldn't need to be risk sneaking in by a desert crossing in the gentle care of bloody coyotes. (I'd also love to see Mexico open up their country to permit U.S. businessmen easy entry into Mexico to do business in Mexico without the need to bribe anybody or give a bunch of stock to a Mexican national.) If we know that the working Mexicans are crossing legally, we wouldn't need to hesitate in opening fire when we encounter people sneaking into the country and trying to avoid being caught by trudging through the desert. The guest worker program, once implemented, could make it harder for bad guys to hide in and amongst the good guys, where we risk injuring the innocent when we try to repel the guilty

But I would only want the guest worker status implemented if it is part of a plan to get control over our borders. And I have a tough time crediting the present administration or its liberal weenie opposition with any seriousness of purpose when it comes to U.S. security, despite the administration's committment to squashing terrorists in the middle east. We need to militarize our border patrol if they are going to face segments of the Mexican army.

Oh! That brings to mind another concern. I know that a lot of young people are volunteering for a tour of duty or two or three in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afganistan. Good for them. But I also know that many other young people are avoiding military service out of opposition to the war and the worry that they would be posted to fight a war not to their liking. Wonder if they would feel differently about military service, if they were promised that their service would be limited to guarding and defending our borders, and not going overseas?

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