The Washington Post-ABC poll reports that solid majorities of Americans want stepped up border security:
A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken in mid-December found Americans alarmed by the federal government’s failure to do more to block the flow of illegal immigration and critical of the impact of illegal immigration on the country but receptive to the aspirations of undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States.
Here’s the key finding:
The Post-ABC News poll found that four in five Americans think the government is not doing enough to prevent illegal immigration, with three in five saying they strongly hold that view.
Incredibly, either the poll did not test or the story does not report specific public support for border fencing. If the Senate, early in 2006, passed a fencing plan equal to the 700 miles proposed and passsed in the House bill in December, the public would rightly applaud and a much more coherent discussion of what to do about the millions of illegal aliens already in the country. Postponing this obvious and urgently needed step undermines the credibility of the Senate -again.
Dave Bara –may all of his predictions come true–sees the fence getting authorized and New Mexico’s Richardson cheerleading the effort. (Bara’s science fiction writing career is amusingly detailed at St. Cochrane’s World.) His new book is finished, publishers should note.)
Napolitano, a Democrat, said she doesn’t think the new barrier would work, would be too expensive and would take too long to erect.
“You show me a 50-foot wall, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.”
Some smart Arizona reporter and/or voter should ask the Governor why the fence along San Diego’s border has operated to dramatically lower illegal crossings along its length? Are there more 51 foot ladders along her portion of the border than along the California-Mexico border?
Napolitano’s response is foolish and sidesteps the obvious effectiveness of fencing. Her obliviousness to common sense may actually give her re-election opponents some traction. Expect a 51 foot ladder to start following Napolitano around.
There are many good faith disagreements to be had on how to handle the illegal immigrants already here. But the non-negotiable priority should be a serious fencing program.