It is good to put a price tag on things, for clarity.
I did a little Googling and I found out what the Israelis are paying per-kilometer for their walls around the West Bank and Gaza. At the same cost per km, the USA could build a wall from the Gulf to the Pacific for $9 billion. That is only a ballpark estimate, but it is certainly not an insurmountably large sum. We could get a large increment of national security by foregoing a few ships and aircraft. Totally worth it. We have cross-border gangs operating which are very serious security threats. Wall them out.
I am a great believer in large amounts of LEGAL immigration. We have Julian Simon on our masthead for a reason.
But the USA needs to get a grip on what is currently happening along our southern border. Securing that border is an absolutely necessary start. Well-appointed and well-guarded gate areas would allow the passage of legitimate commerce and personal travel. But we should make a decision as a people to obtain control of the border. The liberals like the idea of lots of illegals whom they can funnel benefits to and whom they can turn into Democrats. On the GOP side, the business and farming community likes the dirt cheap labor that cannot ask for benefits or be unionized and that cannot sue when injured or poisoned. This unholy alliance needs to be slapped aside. Most of us have no liberal guilt about illegal immigrants, and the people who get a commercial advantage out of employing illegal workers get no pity or sympathy from me, either. As to people in California who will have to pay more to have their yards kept pretty, the worlds smallest violin remains silent for them, too.
OK, so are you ready to cough up $100 per American household to wall off the border and allow only LEGAL cross-border traffic?
Will someone make this a campaign issue in 2008, ya think?