Playing Politics With Our Security

Posted on May 6, 2010

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There are few issues that can claim bi-partisan support in these hyperpolitical days in the U.S, but there is one, securing the country’s southern border with Mexico.  While there is disagreement between the parties about how to handle the millions of illegals already here, support for securing the border has been and remains high.   A Rasmussen report from a year ago reported that “sixty-six percent (66%) of likely voters nationwide say it is very important for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration.”   A more recent poll by Rasmussen reports that 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build the fence on U.S.-Mexico Border despite the Obama administration’s halting funding of the project.  From that poll, 69% of Republicans, 51% of Democrats, and 58% who are not affiliated with any party support continuing to build the fence.   So why, with such bipartisan support, will the government not at least secure our border and then figure out what to do with those who are already here illegally?

The answer may be found in an article in the San Francisco Examiner on May 4: