FAIR Op-Ed USA Today: We Need a Border Fence, and More

US-Mexico_border_fenceIn an op-ed appearing in the September 1 edition of USA Today, I discuss why completing the security fence along our southern border is an important, though not an exclusive step to controlling illegal immigration to the United States.

The entire op-ed can be read here.

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Delores Treat-Guy on

    Should institute ‘working’ for food, instead of handing it out in the form of Welfare.

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    I’m not sure how much help a fence will be. Without more border patrol they will get over or under it. We need more people patrolling and better enforcement. And e verify for all jobs. And the problem is also massive amounts of green cards bring given out for no good reason. I haven’t heard either party address that issue. And keeping jobs here and not being sent over seas. Illegals are mostly taking low skill jobs and crop picking. It’s s bigger problem loosing good jobs to green cards and overseas. This country needs to stop giving away all the good jobs. Revised to have a system where people could legally come in and get paid to pick crops as necessary. They did not bring their whole families and were transported home after working. I don’t see many citizens who want to pick crops so going back to this would be a good solution.

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      Diane, a guest worker problem could work, ONLY IF Congress ends instant citizenship upon birth in the U.S. Otherwise, someone here to pick crops fathers or bears a child here, and he/she is here to stay, having, in effect, dropped an anchor. Plus, when the baby turns 18, he/she sponsors his/her grandparents and other relatives- CHAIN MIGRATION.

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      Diane, many people don’t want to pick crops, including SONS/DAUGHTERS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. No surprise – after education paid for by us, they feel entitled to whatever they see around them, egged on by ethnic pressure groups.

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    Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

    We control the NAFTA connections and can undo this $55B foreign deficit impact on Detroit’s automotive engineering and manufacturing OUTSOURCING.

    Subtract the wall cost from the deficit bill, Mexico has no choice but to pay. Now we have a BUSINESS Man in charge, not a spineless attorney!

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    I noticed in the paper’s comments section that one of the true believers is still spouting that rhetoric about how this president “has deported more illegals than any other”.

    No matter how many times this lie is told, it still continues. Here’s what the president himself said about those numbers in 2011 to a group of Hispanic journalists:

    “The statistics are actually a little deceptive, We’ve been apprehending folks at the border and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation even though they may only have been held for a day or 48 hours.”

    First of all, every administration has been “apprehending folks at the border and sending them back”. The difference, as it always is with this bunch of charlatans, is that those were not “counted as a deportation”. Only deportations from the interior were, and those have fallen substantially.

    Why is it that this misconception is so widespread? Because the “mainstream media” repeats it over and over. I’ve read it myself. In what is supposedly the country with the freest press on earth, it’s not a trivial fact and it’s wrong and too many people believe it. That is entirely the fault of a media that doesn’t inform but shades the truth and omits essential facts.