Presidential Debates Missed Big on Border Security

President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney sparred for the third time in less than a month last night in what was the final debate before we all head to the polls on November 6th.

The final debate was over foreign policy and while Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iran, China, Russia, and even the U.S. economy received the attention that they deserved, one issue of national security that was missing was a discussion about the looming threat posed by the Mexican drug cartels’ bloody war.

For those of us far away from the U.S. southern border this threat is somewhat ‘out of sight and out of mind.’ But for the millions of people living in border areas in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas the failure to secure the border is a clear and present danger. Unfortunately for the rest of us, that clear and present danger does not sit idly along our borders but bleeds directly into the heart of America. Thousands on both side of the border have died already in the bloody feud between the Sinaloa and Zetas cartels who are battling each other to establish ultimate control over the flow of drugs into our country.

Effective border security complete with a fully manned Border Patrol force, backed up by strong interior enforcement policies that discourage people from coming across the borders illegally in the first place is the only thing that will keep this threat from completely spilling over into our border states and into all major U.S. cities. The border fence is a great start, but there needs to be a dedicated presence that will make border crossers (especially the criminal kind) think more than twice before braving passage into the U.S.

Monday night’s debate was a missed opportunity to address this coming crisis. Sheriffs, Border Patrol members, and other law enforcement entities on our borders tell us that good examples of border security south of San Diego and in the Yuma Sector of Arizona could easily be replicated with good success.

There is still time to secure our border and protect us from the potential violence that would ensue. However, doing so requires leadership and commitment from Washington.

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Content written by Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.


  1. avatar

    It is very frustrating to me that the Presidential candidates seem refuse to discuss, in detail, border security and immigration. It seems almost like a ‘taboo’ subject to bring up these days, ‘radioactive’ even. And, of course, if the average citizen dare raise the issue, they are quickly labeled ‘racist’, or a ‘zenophobe’; and that is greatly offensive to me as an African-American! Instead of pandering to immigrants; pander to me; a citizen who wants the truth, and something done about it!

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    The promise of border security is nothing but a lie as long as Mexican trucking companies are allowed to enter our nation with not so much as a hint of being searched.

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    There will never be a solution to the invasion as long as it is profitable to politicians, big business, anti-American organizations and the one-worlders.

  4. avatar
    softwarengineer on

    Open Borders Folks Hate Border Security

    The allege it can all be accomplished with nude x-ray machines at airports, tapping our phone/internet freedoms of speech and drones watching us like hawks. then leave the borders wide open with no security, but meanwhile its beginning to look like the old Soviet Union in America.

    George Orwell’s 1984 was right on and very applicable today; the open border Orwellian crowd love freedom destruction(s) in place of old fashion national sovereignty and Constitutional freedoms.