Saturday morning, February 1, 2014
The humane solution is to roll back onerous policies to the way things were through the 50’s and 60’s when it was simple and economical for Mexican citizens to traverse our border either to shop along the Rio Grande Valley region or as “braceros”, temporary workers.
The only thing with which I agreed with Janet Napolitano was her statement on the fence: “If you build a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border.“
We, like Mexico, share a common geographical border and we, like Mexico, have an immigration border 20 miles from the geographical border, except AZ where it’s 65 miles.
Throughout the years of my youth, shoppers freely traversed the geographical border between Mexico and the U.S. without need for “papers, please”, so long as we remained with the 25-mile free market zone, either side.
Our southern border now resembles that shameful Berlin Wall.
Our ridiculous, irresponsible, unreasonable immigration policies actually create opportunity for a host of criminal enterprises: drugs, sex trafficking, coyote guides, etc.
Do we need immigration policy reform? Absolutely. But, before we add more unworkable rules, regulations, amnesty, etc., let’s restore our border to the way it was when it worked very, very well and did not disrupt lives on both sides of it.