In an interview on PBS’s “NewsHour” recently, the newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security said with a straight face that there was no need for a security fence along the Mexican-United States border. According to Janet Napolitano, what was needed was enhanced surveillance cameras and more Border Patrol agents. In other words, she listed all those things that a wall would assist in controlling illegal immigration.
Why would a former Arizona governor and federal prosecutor take such an illogical position? Certainly it’s not for budget reasons. The Obama Administration has been searching frantically for labor-intensive projects to lavish with funding. The completion of the advanced high tech fence fits this bill perfectly. The trouble is that to the Hispanic immigrant population the border security fence is a symbol of efforts to discriminate against it.