Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mr. Bush, Don't Build Your Fence

In the 1980's, the president at the time sent a clear message to the Soviet Union about the Berlin Wall. In America, the wall was viewed as an affront to freedom. And it is true that at different points in history, walls have been built to keep people out. They were built to deny them free entry into a country or city. The Walls of Jericho, the Great Wall of China, and Hadrian's Wall are all examples of fortifications against free movement. In the 21st century, the notion still exist among leaders that the easiest way to keep someone out is to build a wall. Or in this case a fence. However, the American people are not so happy as the White House would like them to be.
The proposal is "building a 700-mile fence along the border" with Mexico. A proposal that many Republicans, including the President, would love to see happen. But Americans do not agree. In a recent poll, "only 45 percent said they wanted a border fence built." While that is a large percentage, its not a majority. History teaches that walls come from a place of hatred and oppression. I don't think many Americans want one in their backyard. Instead, "58 percent said they would support large fines on employers who hire illegal immigrants."
And that is a step in the right direction. I think the real solution is in actually guarding our border from illegal crossers. It is not racist to say that I do not want people coming into America illegally. I think it is perfectly ok for someone to come here legally and live, work, and get schooling. But I think there are proper channels. We need to streamline these avenues so more people will use them. If this continues, our country will have more illegal citizens than it knows how to deal with. More security on the borders is the answer. Leave the walls in China.

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