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No Fence? No President Frist.

Thursday, April 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman hits the bullseye:

Personally, I favor a very high fence, with a very big gate….Good fences make good immigration policy. Fences make people more secure and able to think through this issue more calmly

I interviewed a Customs agent yesterday who again confirmed the obvious: Fencing along high traffic areas of the southern border will greatly reduce illegal immigration into the country, thus bringing control to the enduring problem and greatly enhancing security against terrorists and narco-criminals.

The House bill passed provisions authorizing 700 miles of real fence for those high traffic areas.

The new version of the Senate immigration bill does not appear to include any fencing (and spare me the talk of “virtual fences.” Israel isn’t building a “virtual fence.”)

Such a bill will label the Senate majority as unserious, no matter how persuasive the arguments on behalf of regularization of all or many of the 11 million illegal aliens presntly in the country.

It will also cripple Majority Leader Frist’s presidential ambitions. As far as I can tell, three quarters of GOP voters have no problem with regularization, but they are also demanding seriousness about the border.

I hope I’m wrong, but the reports indicate that the Senate bill is simply a charade.

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