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.
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.
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.
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.
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