Today, President Bush signed the bill authorizing the building of 700 miles of a double-fence, fifteen-feet high between Mexico and the US. I know this will make many Republicans happy and will enflame Mexicans, once again, against our government. I have mixed feelings about this fence.What I know is that our border with Mexico is a joke right now. Millions of people come and go with impunity, and I’m sure many Arabs from the Middle East are among them. I have already blogged my thoughts on immigration in general, but now that this wall (knock on wood) will be a reality, will it stop illegal immigration, and will it make wealthy Mexicans angry enough to boycott businesses on the border of Texas?
I think fewer illegal immigrants will get across once the wall is built, and I don’t think wealthy Mexicans will punish us. Why? Because their own government punishes them much more than this perceived offense by the dreaded yankee. And furthermore, Mexico’s laws against illegal immigrants that come across their southern border are much more severe and punitive than ours, so much hypocrisy is at play here.
My verdict: This will cause bad public relations with Mexico, is a good start on securing our border, but much more must be done to streamline the legal process for Mexicans who obey the law (my wife and I were treated like animals at the American consulate in Cd. Juarez), and we MUST punish businesses who employ illegal aliens.
What do you think?