I eluded to this in the Spoils thread and I'd like to elaborate.
Doesn't it seem a bit odd to invade a foreign country but not even sweat protecting our borders? I liken it to chasing down one of the brothers that raped your wife, but not asking your friends to keep an eye at your wife at home while she is recovering from her trauma. It just seems ludicris to me that we aren't looking into closing down our borders. Hmmmmm, what would the benefits of that be? Lets see.....
It would help keep out terrorists
It would help keep out drugs
It would help regulate immigration
It would stifle illegal aliens.
All legit problems that cost lives, and for you economic gurus, trillions of dollars over a short time.
Now, I ask why are the borders open?
Our ideals, as a free country? We could still allow people in at out and checkpoints, while the rest is locked down, what a novel idea.
I would guess money, as in drug money that the govt profits from, we all know or most of us know the war on drugs is complete BULL$HIT. Our prison union lobbies stiffer penalites so they keep jobs, etc, etc, etc, etc..and on down the line. The CIA profits from it by participating in the drug trade in exchange for catching a few here and there. Big fish/ little fish story.
Also, NAFTA goes out the window. Screw Mexico, what do they do for us? Ohhhh thats right, I'm sorry, they provide CHEAP labor to save Corporate America billions, which pass on money to politicans for campaigns. Kick back city.
Not to mention all the freaking special interests group that lobby for illegals to become legas and all that crap.
I probably left stuff out and maybe it could crumble our economy, I dont know. I dont see how though, afterall we still have our precious cheap labor over-sees. I dont have all the answers, if I did, obviously I'd be in power. But at least some reguation of the border is needed, no?
As far as logistical methods, I dont see how it can be more expensive to line our borders with Army divisons than to suffer all the money we spend on the war on drugs, anti terrorism and other stuff. Tell all those a-hole prison guards to join the Army and protect the border, instead of NON VIOLENT drug offenders.