Our View

Sep 192007

The first high-tech “virtual fence” at the nation’s borders sits unused three months after its scheduled debut due to an apparent technical glitch.

The fence, consisting of nine 98-foot towers equipped with radar, sensors and sophisticated cameras, spans 28 miles near the Arizona-Mexico border that are reportedly trafficked heavily by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

The goal, of course, is to prevent people, immigrants or terrorists, from getting into our country.

However, we think this fence is in complete opposition to everything our nation stands for.

The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Why is it that now, while we are supposedly fighting a war overseas to spread freedom, that we feel justified in denying it to our neighbors to the south?

The last time a fence like this was built, it was in Germany after World War II, and our country spent decades fighting a battle against everything it represented. When the Berlin wall fell, the entire world celebrated.

Would it be so different with this fence that we are trying to construct.

Don’t get us wrong, we would never go so far as to say that our government’s actions even compare to the repression of the USSR during the Cold War, but this is America – things like the “fence” aren’t supposed to be tolerated here.

Maybe we’re just getting indignant over nothing, but we think founding principles are a little more important than, say, stopping some immigrants from getting work.

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