This week's discussion revolves around the recent homeland security bill signed by the President. This billed allowed for 700 miles of high-tech border fencing between the United States and Mexico. Why is this a "homeland security" issue and not simply an immigration issue? Here are one person's views on the reasons why it is a security issue. Are we trying to defend our southern border from more then just Mexican immigrants? As detailed in the House Committee on Homeland Securities' report "A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southern Border" there are three key reasons for this needed security (bottom of page 4).
1. US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations have revealed that
aliens were smuggled from the Middle East to staging areas in Central and South
America, before being smuggled illegally into the United States.
2. Members of Hezbollah have already entered the United States across the
3. U.S. military and intelligence officials believe that Venezuela is emerging as a
potential hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere.
What do you think? Why are we building this fence? Is there a need? Is it simple immigration or are there more pressing dangers at our southern border? Talk amongst yourselves.