Think of it this way...
- If you cut yourself pretty seriously working outside, would you just throw a bandage on it and let it be and go back to your work? Or would you take care of it properly by cleaning the wound, followed by bandaging to avoid infection?
- If you had a hole in your roof, would you repair the damage it left inside the home first? Or would you fix the hole on the outside first, then then deal with cleaning up the inside mess?
- If your child were acting up in school, would you simply punish the child and hope he or she doesn't do it again? Or would you sit down and talk to your kid about the problem in an attempt to try to figure out what's causing the bad behavior?
You get my point. In all three of these examples, the right answer is getting to the root of the problem first, then going back and taking care of the rest.
I already came up with a plan to secure the border years ago, although I'm sure most politicians wouldn't like it because it's "too simple". I'll be dismissed for not understanding the complexities of the problem. Well, as I recall Reagan promised to address the border issue in 1986 when we granted amnesty, and 27 years later we've still got no plan. For what it's worth, here's mine:
1) The border between US and Mexico is 1,969 miles long. Build a fence that works, from one end to the other.
2) Station a US soldier every half mile, that's 3,938 soldiers. What? We're short on soldiers, you say? Pull them out of Afghanistan and let them come home and serve their duty here. These soldiers will utilize foot and motorized patrols within their assigned areas.
3) Establish posts every 5-10 miles along the border where soldiers eat, sleep and maintain communications with other posts and headquarters. This would allow soldiers the ability to get to and from posts in a hurry. Total number of posts - 393.
4) Establish headquarters units every 100 miles which = roughly 19 HQ units. Each HQ unit supervises the posts within its jurisdiction. Also, housing, food, and medical care should be available here not just for soldiers but for the illegals that are captured. We don't have to leave them to die out there. Before we send them back we can treat them humanely. It's the right thing to do.
5) Rotate the soldiers duty every year. Give every soldier an opportunity to serve in the one-year post. Hell, include EVERY military service if necessary. I served in the Coast Guard and we were definitely no strangers to dealing with illegal immigrants.
6) What do we do with border patrol? Have the work jointly with the soldiers stationed at the border.
7) Don't use unmanned drones to replace human beings, use them to assist. Live human beings patrolling the border are still the most effective means of preventing illegal border crossings.
How will we pay for this? Seriously? We've got bases all over the world, troops all over the place. Bring some of them home, especially those who have been away from their families for so long. We're paying these soldiers anyway, all we're doing is relocating them. Also, we spend a lot of money on a lot of nonsense in this country, time to take some of it and finish the fence, build the necessary structures and manpower required for this project.
In the meantime, while we're doing all of the above, we can put into place measures to deal with the illegal immigrants already here. However, nothing starts before we have an effective plan to seal the border. Any plan that does not include this and place it as the #1 priority is not a sensible plan.