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Sorry, can’t get this off mind, have to write it down… When we get down to building a great beautiful wall on our southern border, and when we get going on deporting millions of illegals, we should build our new detainment centers for the deportees into the wall itself, with the exits opening directly into Mexico. […]
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Listening to Donald Trump verbally assault Mexico disgusts me to the point of illness. There are problems with and in Mexico, but his characterization of it is a grotesque parody of the real situation. His rants are nonsense, and he is a vile man.
My comments are informed because I am a retired Foreign Service Consular officer who spent two tours — four years — at our Embassy in Mexico City. Unlike Trump, I have first-hand knowledge of Mexico, its immigration patterns and economics, and have travelled extensively through the country.
I am in no way in favor of illegal immigration (most consular officers aren’t) and do not turn a blind eye to the problems that mass immigration brings. But I understand why Jeb Bush says that these people are motivated by love. They are in a difficult position in Mexico and want to improve themselves by working in the United States. Leaving to work in another country is difficult. (But that doesn’t mean that we should let them; we have no need for more unskilled laborers, and Scott Walker is spot-on on this point.)
The fundamental problem with every immigration reform proposal is that most of us don’t trust politicians, Republicans or Democrats, to enforce the border. In principle, this is one of a government’s primary duties. But, assuming the Feds want no part of it, perhaps there is a private alternative.
Might it be feasible for a private security firm, funded by donors interested in border enforcement, to set up along the Mexican border with the permission of individual land owners?
A 24/7 presence of armed men not restrained by bureaucratic policies and politics could be an intimidating presence that would deter trespassers. Legally, it would be no different than any business protecting its own property with security guards.