Tom Tancredo is talking about the border security issue:
During a morning stop in Benson, the Colorado Republican pointed to the recently passes bill in the House that requires building 700 more miles of wall along the southern boundary, along with hiring additional Border Patrol agents and adding more technology to secure the border is the right thing.
But he fears the Senate will not follow suit and fall under the sway of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and big businesses, meaning the House members would have failed in their attempt to protect the country.
Pat Buchanan is with Tancredo. As is usually the case with politicians, I don’t always agree with everything they say and do, but I’m solidly in the “secure the border” camp. With iron-clad border security, of course, we’d still be at a troubling level of risk. But do you leave your car unlocked because the window can always be smashed in?
Critics of strong border security are not only asking us to leave our cars unlocked, but they’re telling us it’s in our best interest if other folks take it for a spin once in a while.
Roger Barnett, a Sierra Vista businessman and Douglas-area rancher, listened to Tancredo and Buchanan. He said Americans are seeing their jobs eliminated because illegal immigrants will work for less.
“Businesses are paying slave wages,” he said.
If the United States does not close down the border and enforce existing immigration laws, more Americans will lose pay and benefits because illegal immigrants will take their jobs, Barnett said. “Big business are the whores,” he added.
The end of the article covers the opinion of Douglas Mayor Ray Borane. Borane opposes Tancredo’s rhetoric.
Being a border mayor, Borane said he has worked immigration issues directly because he understands the two cultures involved in the problem.
In the past, the mayor has called for a guest-worker program, but with assurances there will be no amnesty.
People such as Tancredo come and make a visit to the border and fly back to Washington, D.C., without understanding all the nuances involved with the problem, the mayor said. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
All apologies to the good mayor, but what do “cultures” have to do with securing this nation’s borders? The last thing I want is someone focused on “nuances” to be deciding whether border security is a good idea or not.