WWW Opinion Times

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Whacky Arizona Border Policy

For some reason, Congressmen Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe of Arizona continue to propose a bizzare border policy lacking in enforcement provisions. In the case of this article from WashingtonTimes.com, Cong. Kolbe refuses to support permanent checkpoints in the Tucson sector.
In helping to draft legislation blocking the creation of permanent checkpoints in the Tucson sector, which he represents, Mr. Kolbe has said taxpayer funds could better be used 'towards additional vehicles, night-vision gear, sensors, lights, fencing or other needed equipment.'
While Mr. Kolbe has endorsed the use of 'tactical mobile checkpoints that move from place to place,' Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar, who formerly headed the Tucson sector, told a Senate subcommittee last month that permanent checkpoints south of Tucson would help agents apprehend more illegal aliens trying to sneak into the United States.
Mr. Aguilar testified before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee that agents 'cannot control our borders by merely enforcing the line,' adding that the Border Patrol strategy 'incorporates a defense-in-depth component' to include permanent checkpoints away from the border.
Why not do both? Develop a system of permanent and mobile checkpoints. It seems reasonable.

This has all the signs of a government operation.