Years ago I came up with a plan to secure our southern border, although I'm sure most politicians wouldn't like it because it's too simple. My plan is sure to 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.
it's worth, here are some of my ideas:
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 illegal immigrants who are captured. We
don't have to leave them to die out there. Before we send them back we
can and should 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 all five branches of the military. I served in the Coast Guard and while we are a seagoing service we were definitely no strangers to dealing with this issue.
6) Have the border patrol 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.
Those are just a few of the many ideas I've jotted down.
So now the question looms: How
will we pay for this?
We're already paying for it.
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
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. Think realistically here--we can't deport millions of people. We can't separate children from their parents. What we can do is sit down at the table together and talk about a realistic humane approach to this issue. There's a solution, there's always a solution, it's just not perfect, but there is one we can live with...we will have to live with because we don't have a choice. We have to do something. It's time to put politics aside and think in realistic terms.
However, nothing starts
before we have an effective plan to seal the border. Any proposed plan that does
not include this and place it as the #1 priority is not a sensible plan.