Arizona tries to build fence on border


May 09 2011

Arizona tries to build fence on border

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Summary: Arizona officials have created a website to try and bring in funding for an extended fence around the border hoping to keep illegal immigrants out. The Federal government does not think it is necessary so they have not provided any funding for the fence. The main source of funding and labor will come from the state of Arizona and prison workers. All they need to do now is get permission from the Construction Company and landowners and they could start building right away. They are trying to get this done as soon as possible says governor Steve Smith. Arizona is already strapped for cash and in a major budget crisis. They are already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the illegal immigration law. “Part of the marketing pitch for donations could include providing certificates declaring that individual contributors “helped build the Arizona wall,” Smith said. “I think it’s going to be a really, really neat thing. If the website is up and there is an overwhelming response to what we’ve done and millions of dollars in this fund, I would see no reason why engineering or initial construction or finalized plans can’t be accomplished.” The border has around 700 miles of fence right now with over half in Arizona. This is a high traffic area for illegal immigrants and marijuana smuggling. The fund through Wednesday has received nearly 44,000 donations totaling more than $3.7 million, collected online and through mailed donations since May 2010. The cost to have men on foot ranges from 400,000 to 15 million. Ranchers will probably support this because many of their farms have been broken in to by illegal immigrants.

Analysis: I think this is bad because more immigrants means more opportunity for terrorists, drug dealers, and other criminals to enter the country. Most of these people are poor and have no money so they will do anything possible to gain income. Also immigrants, especially the poorer ones, consume a high amount of government resources (health care, education, welfare, etc.) without paying a high rate of taxes. This is unfair to American citizens because they have to pay more while they’re a part of the country and immigrants are not. While illegal immigration also has some positives I think that the negatives outweigh them, therefore I think that extending the fence is a great idea.

http://www.salon.com/news/immigration/?story=/news/feature/2011/05/08/us_border_fence_donations

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42950453/ns/us_news/

http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14595533

6 Responses to “Arizona tries to build fence on border”

  1. abrooks9 Says:

    I think a fence is a great idea!! The illegal immigrants are taking complete advantage of all of our institutions from education to health care. They are taking the jobs of our lower class Americans and not paying taxes or giving anything back to the government or our society. So what does the government do? They allow them to come in and then give them ammunity and they vote for the officials that will keep doing this (vicious cycle). So this fence, yes. It would be great. Not only to do you stop the immigration, basically we won’t be continuing to IMPORT POVERTY, you also help utilize prison workers, so free labor essentially. You would pay the land owners, who are all suffering in this economy. Nothing but good things happens with this wall. I welcome immigration, but legal immigration is the way to go.

  2. mrousseau Says:

    Is the fence really going to help keep out illegal immigrants? They are so desperate to get in that they will do anything and clearly the fence that is already there is not doing anything to help. Why do they think that another one will do any better? Especially if Arizona is having so much trouble with their economy, funds should be used for other things, not building another wall. Illegal immigration is a big problem, but it’s not as easy to fix as a giant wall.

  3. tdeere Says:

    I completely disagree with your analysis. We have already seen that building a wall does not provide much of a defense as immigrants climb the border walls successfully everyday. If you claim that immigrants consume more and give less you need facts to back that up. Finally, I believe spending money on another wall does not put the tax payer’s money to good use. I would argue that that money should instead go to cracking down on crime in Arizona, especially drug trafficking.

  4. jroycroft Says:

    Your analysis took the words right out of my mouth. The negative aspects of illegal immigration outweigh the positive ones. Our economy is better off with a stricter restriction to immigration.

  5. cdahl2 Says:

    The illegal immigration problem along the US-Mexican border is indeed a troubling one. With the possibility that these people are not looking just for work as migrant workers is something to consider. That there are those who are looking to deal drugs, weapons and other items of illegal nature should be stopped. Where there are also those who are inhumanely transporting people through the desert makes this a humanitarian case as well. If Arizona has the capability of raising money without having to receive federal cash is impressive and they also should be allowed to do with that money as they wish. Although a fence does have the appearance of militarizing the border, it might be a necessary evil. While I am a proponent of safeguarding our borders, I believe that a political solutions should be made in order to patriate the illegal immigrants and make them a part of society, not squander their resources and outcast them.

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