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Krauthammer on border security: Ask Obama why he’s got a fence around the White House

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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On Hugh Hewitt’s Friday radio show, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that any immigration proposal accepted by congressional Republicans should depend upon what border enforcement mechanisms are in place, but said he was concerned that time may be running out to get that agreement.

“Look, I think the country’s sort of reached a consensus on legalization as a decent thing to do,” Krauthammer said. “The real problem is enforcement, and what are the triggers. My feeling is that Democrats give lip service to enforcement, because all they care about is legalization.”

“And then they’ll get lax, and they won’t care about it, and we’ll have a replay of ’86,” Krauthammer warned. “On the other hand, Republicans, I think, have a quite — have a position that is both, serves the national interest and is very humane, which is — for God’s sake, of course we’d be willing to legalize these people. But you’ve got to tell us, you’ve got to prove to us, you’ve got to show us, this will be the last cohort. Yes, we’ll do this 11 million, but we don’t want to do another. And I think the country, a vast majority of the country would say ‘fine.’”

“So what we’re talking about now are the triggers for legalization, and how serious this administration will be in carrying them out,” Krauthammer said. “And I think that’s now a matter of sort of detail in legislation. I think in principle, we’ve gotten some ways on that — not as far as I would like.”

“I do think there’s a basic flaw that you get a kind of instant legalization. The trigger for, that in enforcement allows to happen, is the application for a green card. That’s a much weaker trigger, I’m afraid. The problem is we’re not going to get anything stronger than that. The tide will run against us on this issue over time. So I’d like to strike a deal now where we get the strongest enforcement possible,” Krauthammer suggested. “And that’s where, I think, everything hinges now. I don’t know if I’ll support the final bill.”

Krauthammer said that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who has led the Republican charge for the “Gang of Eight” bill, should seek enforcement measures including a border fence.

“I think he’ll proactively seek real measures — universal e-verify, the tracking system for the visa violations, which as you know, accounts for 40 percent of illegals in the country, and I’m with you, a fence from left to right, from east to west, except obviously the mountainous areas. We know that fences work.”

“If the president tells you fences don’t work, ask him why he’s got one around the White House.”

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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Good analysis by Krauthammer - and a pretty obvious one in relation to fences, the White House, and security.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:12 AM

BUMP!

kailu1835
by Silver Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Um, pretty sure that fence was there LONG before Obama entered it.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 3:37 AM

I get it - You oppose security for the American people? Just kidding.

I think you are saying that if a better national border had ALREADY been built, you would be for that - just no new ones, correct? So if we don't already have what wee need for our security we are SOL. Right?

And also that if the Secret Service thought additional security for the president were needed - tough, Mr. O, you are out of luck. No walls and security for the American people, none for you. Right?


Quoting kailu1835:

Um, pretty sure that fence was there LONG before Obama entered it.



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:04 AM

BUMP!

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Apr. 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

LOL that is what I thought but hey what do we know?

Quoting kailu1835:

Um, pretty sure that fence was there LONG before Obama entered it.


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

So maybe we can catch up with the border fence? Especially since the WH fence was probably built at least 50 years go.


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

LOL that is what I thought but hey what do we know?

Quoting kailu1835:

Um, pretty sure that fence was there LONG before Obama entered it.




blues_pagan
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I agree that we should go ahead and legalize the people we have here now but AFTER we figure out how to keep the steady flow from repeatedly entering the country illegally.  We cannot support more people, we simply can't.  Will a fence work, sure, but only so much.  We also need the man power to watch and maintain that fence.  This is where I think that certain budget items need to be looked at (the big ticket items not welfare) and see where cuts can be made in order to fund something like this.  

rccmom
by Gold Member on Apr. 29, 2013 at 6:17 PM

The fence was not well received by a lot of the people that lived near the border when I was in TX. They were frustrated that it would cut through grazing lands, and in some instances keep their livestock from water, which is a precious commodity in south TX. Other areas with a fence had video of a truck on the Mixican side running a ramp up to the fence and vehicles crossing over with illegal immigrants anyway. I am not sure what the best answer is, but I don't think it should a one size fits all, but a solution that fits the environment of the area.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Apr. 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM
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And BO's response re the last question would be, "it came with the house."

Border Fence + maintenance= Cha-ching.

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