During the time I typed the above paragraph, someone in this country probably died of AIDS or another deadly disease for which we need research grants. A child cried out in hunger because we don't have enough programs to shelter and feed the needy. A woman who works 50 hours a week has no health plan that will cover a visit to the doctor, so nobody will detect her cervical cancer before it's too late to save her. An 80 year old woman died alone in her rat infested HUD apartment, because her social security check wasn't enough to keep up with inflation and the price of oil. Another family was evicted from their home, because Dad or Mom (or both) lost their jobs to Outsourcing.
Don't be alarmed! Today the House approved a bill to build a 700 mile fence along a 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico. I'm sure that will be a big comfort, the same way a Band-aid will stop that flesh-eating virus. At an estimated cost of $2.2 billion, imagine what $3 million per mile would do for your community.
Remember when everyone thought that tougher laws prohibiting the use of marijuana would stop the drug problem in the United States? How about Prohibition? That was a big success. In fact, that time the government decided to keep something illegal out of the country, murder and other crime increased by about 75% and alcohol consumption was at an all time high.
By the way, I strongly believe in protecting our borders. However, here are some little tidbits of information. Not a single hijacker on 9/11 entered the United States by crossing the border illegally through Mexico. Out of the estimated 11 million illegals, about 40% entered this country using a student or work visa and got lost in the system. So why not spend our money wisely by enforcing a system already in place, and make the folks at U.S. Immigration do their jobs instead of creating a new one?
Next they'll be building a wall across Canada. Soon nobody will be able to get in or out. I can just picture a Sunday protest in front of City Hall - One group with signs “America, Love it Or Leave It” and the others yelling back “We can't – there's a big steel barricade in the way.”