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Do you think our government should continue to patrol the borders?

USA Today-Obama's budget curbs border programs
The Obama administration is proposing to scale back some border security programs set up after the 9/11 attacks and ramp up aviation security following the attempted Christmas bombing, in what some conservative lawmakers say is a dangerous priority shift.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:28 AM on Feb. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • yes
    thehairnazi

    Answer by thehairnazi at 8:33 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I was born and raised in southern calif about an hour from the boarder there, and definately think it needs to continue. Looking at it from a terrorist angle if we leave the boarders unpatrolled they wont need to get on a plane, they can just walk across and do whatever they need to do here. Have we already forgotten the mumbai attack? It was said then they were planning similiar attacks in the US. They dont need a plane to carry this out.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 8:33 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Our physical boarders (not migration stations at major ports) are barely "patrolled" as it is. We've got miles and miles of Canadian and Mexican boarders that are unchecked and deserted.

    A lot of people have this idea that illegals are physically sneaking over in the night by the 100,000s. Well, some people do run through the woods in the dark to come here, but more people come here legally and over stay their visas. Or they have tourist visas and start working illegally.

    The way our current system is run is worthless. Moving the funding from boarder patrol to airports isn't going to make any difference.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 8:37 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • i think we need to increase border patrols. until our mexican neighbors decide it is worth coming to the states legally instead of sneaking across.
    mom2snsb

    Answer by mom2snsb at 8:55 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I wish our borders all around were better patrolled. But in reality the borders are so so long HOW can it be done? I think it's pretty much agreed in government it needs to be done but the logistics makes it impossible without building all around the U S The Great Wall of China or The Berlin Wall.

    I've heard of an internet site that U S Citizen can log in to and either participate in or observe the borders and what happens if someone is seen crossing over from Mexico -not a tv show but a web site. Don't know anything more about it than that.

    HOW can x miles of desert be patrolled? And incoming U S Flights too have better control of who comes into this country than what it's doing now? I think airline passengers incoming and departing flights both are extremely proactive safety themselves.

    lfl

    Answer by lfl at 9:00 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • I think we need to subcontract border security. JMO.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:16 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Yes boarder security should be kept - and should be amped up! I agree with QuinnMae - it should be subcontracted... here's an idea - perhaps mr O can make THAT part of his 'job stimulus' and create a few thousand jobs for boarder patrol!
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 9:29 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • Is anyone on this site old enough to remember what the Berlin Wall did to people???
    READ Social History!! Stop allowing to be fed by media!
    Find the answer to these questions (in a history book, not media or own experience)
    1-why was the Mexico border always under higher security compared to Canada??? Hmmmm...
    2-why, if "drugs" was always the reason for the higher security, now it's shifted to "terrorist threats?" Hmmmmm....
    3-what is neo-colonization and what is the US' role? Hmmmmm...
    4-Could terrorist attcks been avoided with higher border security? Hmmmmm...

    I could go on and on!
    Vero0724

    Answer by Vero0724 at 9:52 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • You know it's not just America that is hightening airport security and taking fund from border partol to do so. No matter what's done some people will be for it and others against
    dharmas_mommy

    Answer by dharmas_mommy at 9:58 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

  • banging head into wallQuinn that is a good idea ..personally I know plenty of folks who would take that job

    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:21 AM on Feb. 16, 2010

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