You would think the United States southern border is completely pervious, for political purposes non-existent. Given the news that tens of thousands of children from Central America have been apprehended crossing the border illegally, the knee-jerk reaction is to say our border is pathetically porous. “All this gives normal people a feeling of besiegement and foreboding. Is a nation without borders a nation?” wrote an anguished Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. “It happens that I support immigration legislation. I support amnesty. I have since 2006. But only after we secure the border,” writes Charles Krauthammer on this page. “The fact is, this is a crisis created by failed federal policy, and a lack of will to dedicate the resources necessary to secure the border, once and for all,” writes Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling for additional billions in spending and squadrons of National Guard troops.
There is not enough razor wire, armored troop transports, motion detectors or surveillance drones in the world to secure the United States borders “once and for all.” Actually, our borders have never been more secure. Never have we spent more or dedicated more resources to our sealing off, feeding the belief that our illegal immigration crisis can be solved with more troops and more steel.