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Friday, December 10, 2010

What Congress Should Do About Our Border

Have you noticed how much coverage we see on the television news about the drug war just south of our border? The biggest war going on in the world today is not in Afghanistan or in Iraq or in Pakistan; it is in Mexico, just a stone's throw across the U.S. border. More people are being killed there than in any of those faraway wars. The killings are terribly depressing to hear about because they include torture, beheadings, kidnappings, and the deliberate murders of whole families and of law enforcement officials. Seven mayors of small towns have been assassinated just this year.

I don't know what we can do about the war inside Mexico. We've already sent billions of dollars to help the Mexican government try to keep order, and President Obama even interrupted his fun trip to India to telephone the Mexican president. But what we can and must do is make sure the murders don't bleed over into the United States, which they have clearly already started to do. Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution makes it the duty of our Federal Government to "protect each of [the states] against invasion." That's exactly what Arizona is confronted with -- an invasion not only by illegal aliens but also by foreigners armed with military weapons bringing in illegal drugs.

Congress should take immediate steps to reinforce the law about who is admitted to the United States. Congress should order the immediate completion of the “secure fence” on our southern border (which even Senator Obama voted for in 2006). Congress should restrict the issuance of visas and complete the entry-exit system (which Congress ordered in 1996) so that foreigners who visit our country can no longer overstay their visas and then disappear into the general population. Congress should require employers to screen their employees with E-Verify. Congress should make it clear that state and local governments may enforce federal law within their borders.

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