Letters to the Editor

Sunday, Sep 08 2013 11:07 PM

Border security: at what cost?

Congressman Kevin McCarthy says we should secure our borders before addressing other aspects of immigration policy. I don't believe him. Where is his proposal to secure our borders? If we really want to secure our borders, we need to ask: How secure should our borders be? Which borders? At what cost?

Any reasonable response to those questions reveals that the cost of making our borders even reasonably secure (not completely secure) is prohibitive. But if we assume for the moment that we have the collective will to pay the price necessary to make all of our borders reasonably secure, it's important to examine who would benefit. Security is big business, fed by those who have a vested interest in keeping us afraid.

Of whom are we afraid? Of those McCarthy wants to keep out? Frankly, I'm more afraid of those who promote fear than I am of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. And I'm more afraid of powerful individuals who say one thing and do another than I am of anyone coming to the U.S. looking for a better life.

Bruce Hartsell
Bakersfield

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