The Conservative Divide Over the Border Fence

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A US Border Patrol vehicle drives along the fence separating the US from Mexico, near the town of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on July 31, 2010. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty)

The extension of border fences has been a hot topic at recent GOP presidential debates. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has signed a pledge urging the completion of a fence by by 2013. Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain also supports a full-border fence, but he backed away from his comments over the weekend that the fence should be "20 feet high, with barbed wire, electrified." Of the nine candidates, only two say they think the fence is a bad idea — Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry. But what would it really mean to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico? And do the perspectives the GOP candidates reflect most Republican's views on the fence?

Donna Wiesner Keene has worked in the Reagan administration and in both Bush administrations. She is now the Washington liason for TheTeaParty.net and has recently written an article called "The Conservative Case Against a Border Fence." Chief Bill Carter is a retired30-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, and the third generation to work for the agency.

Guests:

Chief Bill Carter and Donna Wiesner Keene

Comments [3]

Vito Danelli from Darien, CT

Simply enforcing EXISTING laws on Illegal Immigration would be sufficient enough to at least slow it down. BUT the businesses that hire Illegal Immigrants (ie Cheap Labor) and the elected officials who receive campaign contributions from the businesses that hire Illegal Immigrants don't want EXISTING laws on Illegal Immigration enforced.

Oct. 20 2011 02:13 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

If were had shifted our manufacturing to Mexico and the southern hemisphere instead of China we would not have this problem. But alas all we have is our own racism to both create the problem and solve the problem of illegal immigration.

Oct. 20 2011 10:09 AM
Ashley from Massachusetts

I am getting tired of the argument that we will be "leaving something out of what makes us the United States" Your reporter used the quote "give us your tired, your poor...etc" as what would be lost or changed. This is NOT the case. No one is saying immigration itself is not being made illegal...you just need to follow the rules, much like many things in life. There is a reason some are labeled illegal aliens...they broke the law in getting here. I have many friends that have come here legally and are insulted by those that do not.

Oct. 20 2011 07:44 AM

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