FAIR: Border fences work

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)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 try."

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 be built.

"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.

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