2005 May 24 Tuesday
Congressional Group Proposes National Guard Deployment On Mexican Border

According to Jerry Seper a new report written by investigators for the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus claims that the National Guard in the US southern border states could stop all illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border.

The deployment of 36,000 National Guard troops or state militia on the U.S.-Mexico border would stop the illegal flow of foreigners into America, says a congressional report that credits the Minuteman Project with proving that additional manpower could "dramatically reduce if not virtually eliminate" illegal immigration.

State militias could also be funded to accomplish the task.

As an alternative to using existing powers and forces, the report said, a $2.5 billion annual initiative coordinated through the states for the issuance of Homeland Security grants could authorize and fund state militia, or state defense forces, to assist the Border Patrol. State militia units already exist in 22 states, including Maryland and Virginia. Militia units also are located in the border states of California, New Mexico and Texas.

We have illegal immigration because effective border control policies are blocked by politicians. Some open borders advocates claim that border control is impossible.

If anyone can find a link to this 33 page report please post it in the comments or send it to me by email.

Putting a large number of National Guard or militia members out on the southern border should be seen as a stop-gap measure before a more formidable barrier is built on the entire length of the almost 2000 mile border.

Estimates for the cost of Israel's barrier fence with the West Bank range upward toward $2 billion dollars with per mile costs ranging from $3 million to $3.5 million to $4.15 million.

Now the government is calling for a total of some 500 miles of fencing by the end of 2005, at an estimated cost of $4.15 million a mile.

Even at $4.15 million per mile a barrier on the US border with Mexico would still be under $10 billion and therefore cost less than one year of illegal alien health care.

Smaller sections the Israeli barrier are concrete walls in order to prevent sniping.

Only a tiny fraction of the barrier (less than 3% or about 15 miles) is actually a 30 foot high concrete wall, and that is being built in specific locations where it will prevent Palestinian snipers from shooting at cars as they have done for the last three years along the Trans-Israel Highway, one of the country's main roads. The remainder is a fence similar to that used throughout the United States, but with a network of barriers, underground and long-range sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, trenches, land mines and guard paths. Passage through the fence will only be permitted through guarded gates.

I'd really like to know what the cost per mile is for their higher security sections. Also, what is the cost per mile of the thicker barrier section of the San Diego border with Mexico? That section has fences and a concrete wall. Those two numbers would set upper bounds for the cost of a deluxe barrier that would reduce on-going labor costs.

We'd probably want to dispense with the landmines.

Most of the barrier will be a chain-link type fence similar to those used all over the United States combined with underground and long-range sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, trenches, landmines and guard paths. Manned checkpoints will constitute the only way to travel back and forth through the fence. The barrier is altogether about 160 feet wide in most places.

Layers of fences and other obstacles combined with sensors would slow down any attempted border crossers and give border patrol personnel time to reach illegal border crossers before they could travel far inland. An effective barrier would cause many would-be crossers to give up trying entirely. Others would cross at much slower speeds and be detected before making it through the barrier region. This would reduce the number of border patrol personnel needed for effective border control.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 May 24 07:52 AM  Immigration Law Enforcement


Comments
John S Bolton said at May 24, 2005 2:08 PM:

Landmines behind a well marked fence can actually be superior, because there is no occasion to blame particular agents for excessive force in apprehension. The negative response over deaths goes all onto the policy by which the barrier is emplaced, and those who dislike the policy must array themselves against national security and sovereignty, rather than saying vicious things about individuals. Sovereign countries have every right to defend themselves, including by remotely killing those who violate security perimeters. There is no sovereignty of all mankind; but the natural law may posess attributes of sovereignty relative to each nation separately. Such laws enjoining rights apply separately to each nation; they do not congeal into a global sovereignty, and especially not one that allows the third world to just walk in and demand a share of the incomes of the net taxpayers of whatever country that hasn't been plundered thoroughly just yet.

Braddock said at May 25, 2005 5:42 AM:

Land mines are an excessive response. There are many other less lethal methods that have not been utilized. Randall is right that this is a pressing problem that the government has ignored for several decades. Now that it is clearly a security concern as well as an economic and social concern, there is no excuse for failure to act.

GUYK said at May 26, 2005 5:45 AM:

calling out the National Guard-if there are any to call out seeing that most are deplyed to Iraq according to MSM-might be a temporary solution. However, I still believe that some teeth in current law might solve the problem. It currently requires employers to verify two forms of ID from a prospective employee. Big problem is that many illegals work for labor contractors. Change the current law to force employers to verify ID on all on the job instead of just the contractor. Make the hiring of an illegal a serious misdmeaner for the first offense and a felony for the second. A year or two in the slammer and a huge fine, say 50% of assets, should make any employer think twice before hiring an illegal.

Chad Texas said at June 4, 2005 10:24 AM:

Turn a 3 mile width along the border into a wild game preserve. Predatory animals should be a great deterrant to immigration.

Jim Baird said at July 9, 2005 7:35 AM:

Yes! Finally, a doable solution. I live in Texas and don't think the guv is going to do that here since he has to keep Mexico happy, push NAFTA, get them to pay back the water they have stolen, etc. But since the guard is essentially under the control of the state governor I don't know WHY no one has used it to supplement the underfunded and undermanned border patrol. It's bad enough that we no longer have quotas for even legal immigrants not to mention the OTM (other than Mexican)illegal immigrants who are given a PERMISO (permission to literally go free around the country)by signing a document that they promise to appear for a court hearing months later; the majority of course do not show and no one even knows where they are. The excuse: not enough prisons/facilities to house them and/or patrols to contain them. Seems to me that we only have two options - either CONTAIN them after apprehension until we can determine their worthiness to become a citizen or, the best solution - plug the dyke to begin with; force Mexico to take action on THEIR side of the border.

The minutemen project has been an eye-opener for politicians; kudo's to Gov Schwart... for trying to build a wall of sorts and especially Senator McCain for a compromise plan to at least diminish the free ride to social benefits given now by making people pay for it; at least these men are LISTENING to their constituents and trying SOMETHING to stem the tide or recoup taxpayer losses.

Randall Parker said at July 9, 2005 9:21 AM:

Jim Baird,

Senator John McCain opposes immigration restrictions. He's part of the enemy.


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