Wednesday, June 20, 2007 » “Illegals using fire to clear border” » “Illegals using fire to clear border”:

"U.S. Border Patrol agents seeking to secure the nation’s border in some of the
country’s most pristine national forests are being targeted by illegal aliens,
who are using intentionally set fires to burn agents out of observation posts
and patrol routes.
The wildfires also have resulted in the destruction of
valuable natural and cultural resources in the National Forest System and pose
an ongoing threat to visitors, residents and responding firefighters, according
to federal law enforcement authorities and others."

Just one more reason that the immigration issue and border security need to be take care of. The solution to this is to force those in the country on to a real path to some sort of legal status. Follow that up by making it so that those who are just coming to look for work do not need to cross the border. Make getting a legal work visa in the US as easy as it can be, and allow anyone who wants to come here to work to do so. I understand that there are those who would want to cause us harm that would try to come into the country. Forcing them underground, or into the dessert doesn't mean they are not making their way into the country. Allow anyone who wants entry to go through a screening process, which would involve simple biometric data and assignment of some form of ID. Don't make it a ten year process, make it a two week process, in the end I think we will have more people coming through the proper channels, we will have more information about who is coming into the country. Those dessert paths will be abandoned to all but those who wish to avoid the formal system because they mean harm to America. With fewer of them crossing it will be easier to track and catch them.

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