A border enforcement advocate says a recent incident on the
Arizona-Mexico border illustrates the value of border fencing in
deterring illegal immigration and smuggling.
Border Patrol agents from the Yuma, Arizona, station were
recently patrolling in the Imperial Sand Dunes area just after
midnight, when they saw a Jeep Cherokee attempting to use a
makeshift ramp to drive over the 14-foot-high international border
fence. The vehicle got stuck on top of the fence, and the two
occupants fled back into Mexico.
Authorities say it was not immediately clear if the suspects
were trying to smuggle drugs or illegal aliens into Arizona.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for
the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), contends this incident
proves that a border fence can be a valuable deterrent.
"It does stop people, it does stop vehicles, and we need more of
it," he submits. "We need more fence. We need more people
patrolling the border so that these things can be controlled.
"Obviously, nobody expects 100-percent effectiveness," he
continues, "but these are the sorts of things that deter most
people from even trying and stop a lot of them who actually do
In 2006, Congress authorized construction of an extensive
700-mile-long, double-layered border fence. Though it has not been
completed, the 2012 Republican Party platform says it must finally
"If you could get past that first barrier, you'd still face the
second barrier. And during that time, it would provide an
opportunity for the Border Patrol or other law enforcement to come
and prevent you from doing that," the FAIR spokesman offers.
Mehlman concludes a double-layered fence would be even tougher
on would-be smugglers.