Hamilton: Open borders, Obamnesty and voter fraud
It is rare to read a book on public policy that does not make one side or the other furious. If ever there was a book that is fair and balanced, this writer would give the nod to Sylvia Longmire and her: Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer, (2014).
We often hear politicians talk about the need to “secure our southern border.” While that sounds like a way to fix our enormous problem with illegal immigration, it is just not physically possible to secure our border with Mexico across its almost 2,000-mile length. In places, the border crosses undulating, mountainous terrain or winding rivers which are just not possible to fence.
One idea is to fence adequately the terrain that can be fenced and to use those fences to canalize illegal border crossers into the inhospitable terrain that cannot be fenced and then backstop that inhospitable terrain with border enforcement agents and stations. What the military would call: a defense-in-depth.
But Ms. Longmire says the U.S. needs to get its border-control priorities straight. She says our greatest security threats come from Islamic terrorists who are more likely to move weapons of mass destruction across our even less defended northern border with Canada rather than our southern border with Mexico. The second greatest threat to our security, and the most prevalent, are the narco-terrorists who roam around the lower portions of our southern border states inflicting violence on all who get in their way, to include border patrol agents, farmers, ranchers, and their own “mules” who fail to perform or try to cheat the drug cartels out of their ill-gotten gains. Moreover, the narco-terrorists sometimes kidnap or kill those who populate the third level of threat: the illegal immigrants who come north looking for work or political amnesty.
If our current government were serious about border security, we might consider trading some of our most inhospitable mountainous terrain (along with a lot of cash) to Mexico in return for some flatter Mexican terrain that we can fence effectively. Unfortunately, the Mexican government has no interest in keeping border crossers inside Mexico, and the current U.S. president is not a believer in our borders being controlled.
In fact, President Obama is threatening to grant amnesty to some 11 million illegal aliens already inside our borders. He blames the U.S. House of Representatives for not adopting a U.S. Senate bill that calls for amnesty first and secure our borders later — maybe.
According to a March 1, 2013, white paper published by the conservative public-interest law firm Judicial Watch, “… the Obama administration has been engaged for the past four years in a conspiracy led by President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Morton to achieve amnesty for illegal aliens whether Congress acts or not …”
Open borders fit nicely with the Obama administration’s other initiative, which is to defeat attempts by the individual states to thwart voter fraud. Some constitutional scholars on both sides of the political divide see the combination of open borders, executive amnesty, and voter fraud as toxic to representative government. We report. You decide.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
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