More, More, and More Fences Along U.S. Borders


Reuters reports this afternoon that U.S. officials in Washington are planning more high-tech border fences and more stringent immigration control. But, they said, “it would take another three years to declare victory on immigration control.”

What does this mean? The U.S. war on terror has expanded into a war against immigrant workers. In three years, we will have won the war against immigrants? Ironic for a nation built BY immigrants. Rhetorical to even ask where America — or the world — would be without Albert Einstein, Madeleine Albright, Irving Berlin, Andrew Carnegie, to name a handful. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Interestingly, Homeland Security’s Michael Chertoff said that this year, apprehensions of people trying to cross the border illegally are 16% behind last year‘s figures. He attributes this to taller fences, more towers, stricter controls, which act as deterrents, literally or symbolically.

Another perspective is less America-centric. Is this an early sign of a global shift in power and prosperity? Do less people want in? As capital and culture decentralize, are people simply starting to look at greener pastures elsewhere?

Photo: U.S. Department of Defense, public domain image

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