What is it going to take for the government to secure our border with Mexico?
Lobby Reform. Until the power of lobbyists in Washington is depleted to a great extent, those that lobby against border protections will continue to have their way. The companies that they represent hire cheap, foreign labor, and they'll go to great lengths to ensure they have a steady supply of it, legal or not. What is the solution to maintain a secure boarder?
Technology. Infrared sensing devices can be placed along the borders (note the pluralization) to monitor for illegal crossing and dispatch local authorities accordingly. This, in addition to stepped up patrols, and even local militias under strict regulation would be more than adequate in stemming the flow of illegal aliens over the border. Fencing is an empty, overpriced pork deal for a big contractor, and little more, in my opinion. It will accomplish nothing, as it has in areas that are already fenced along the border that are riddled with openings and holes dug beneath them.Do you consider the actions of "renegade" Mexican military units an 'act of war' or just a sign of their governments lack of control of it's forces?
I think to suggest that it's an act of war might be a bit strong, but it would be fair to say that such actions will likely serve to further strain relations between our country and theirs. It would not be the least bit surprising to find out that the government of Mexico knows about and condones the activity of their military units because they know they'll continue to get away with it.
It should be mentioned that the incident you refer to is not at all unique. According to Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, incursions onto American soil by the Mexican military have occurred more than 200 times. Sadly, I couldn't find anything on his website specifically mentioning this, but I did find this article that mentions it: Here
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., reported Tuesday that the incident included an armed standoff involving the Mexican military and suspected drug smugglers. The incident follows a story in the Bulletin on Jan. 15 that said the Mexican military had crossed into the United States more than 200 times since 1996.
Something needs to be done a decade or more ago about this problem. Our elected officials seem unwilling to do anything about it to this day, despite an overwhelming, national majority that wants to see our borders secured. If they don't do something about it before November, it's likely that a large number of them are going to find themselves joining the ranks of the unemployed.Polls regarding immigration here.