Americans Doing Jobs Our Government Won’t Do

By David L. Brown

In a ground-breaking ceremony today, members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps began construction of a security fence on private property along the Arizona-Mexico border. Modeled after the fences built by the Israeli government in Gaza and the West Bank and which have reduced Palestinian terror attacks in those areas by 95%, the “wall” is actually a complete system including two fences with ditches on each side to prevent tunneling and keep out vehicles, plus coiled barbed wire (“concertina wire”) on both sides. Security cameras will allow Minutemen volunteer sentries to keep watch remotely from the comfort of their homes anywhere in the country thanks to the miracle of the Internet.

Here is a diagram of the border security fence as proposed by the Minuteman group, and with thanks to their web site:

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The reasons for the multiple levels of protection are explained this way on the Minuteman web site:

In order to be effective, a fence should not be easy to compromise by climbing over it with a ladder, cutting through it with wire cutters, ramming it with a vehicle, or tunneling under it undetected. No fence can be a 100% impenetrable barrier—but a good design will be time-consuming enough to get through that Border Patrol agents can be alerted to get to a point of attempted intrusion before the intrusion can be completed. We thank Colin Hanna and We Need A Fence.com for the design concept.

The group has cooperation from four private property owners so far, and estimates the cost of the security system at less than $150 per foot. That is a lot of money, about three-quarters of a million dollars per mile. However, assuming that about 1250 miles need to be built, it amounts to “only” about one billion dollars, far less than the cost of 9/11 to our nation.

The Minutemen are asking for donations (go here for details), but this is obviously a job that the Federal Government should be doing, and which it should make a top priority. Let’s hope the example of the Minuteman group helps motivate action from Washington, which seems bent on arranging amnesty for illegal trespassers on our national territory when it should be focused on closing the door first. The House and Senate are about to begin negotiations on immigration bills that are quite different. The House bill is far more sensible, placing border security ahead of amnesty. Write your Congressman and Senators to put them on notice about your feelings on this crucial issue. I have, and I plan to write them again soon. I do not oppose a program to eventually assimilate the millions of illegals already in our country—but before we start handing out lollipops we must make sure the entire population of Mexico doesn’t show up to get in line. That means a border system such as envisioned by the Minuteman Corps has to come first, and soon.

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