Fences work. They are good enough for Israel, but Obama and Rick Perry don't like them. But even Obama's as yet unconfirmed Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) admits they are highly effective.
Nogales International December 13, 2011 by Jonathan Clark
CBP Chief: Talk To Nogalians To Learn Reality Of Border
The new border fence in Nogales not only has a more appealing design, it is also part of a buildup in infrastructure that has had a "massive impact" in terms of channeling illegal border-crossers towards areas where they are easier to apprehend, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday.
The remarks by CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin came at a news conference in at which he announced statistics showing that apprehensions of illegal border-crossers in Arizona fell to 129,118 in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 - a 41-percent decline over the previous year and the lowest level in 17 years.
Nationwide, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions are down 53 percent since 2008, and Bersin gave a large part of the credit to an unprecedented increase in manpower (the Border Patrol has more than doubled in size since 2004, to 21,444 agents), as well as to new technology and infrastructure.
Bersin said the $11.8-million, 23-to-30-foot-high fence in Nogales, completed at the end of last summer, has helped keep fence-jumpers outside the city, where it is easier for them to blend in and escape detection.
If it is effective then why hasn't this fence been extended to the whole 2,000 miles of border with Mexico? Why, because some don't want it.