May 18, 2006

George W. Bush, Mr. Band-Aid Solution Lover

So now Bush thinks putting a wall along the U.S./Mexico border isn't such a bad idea after all:
Eager to win over conservative opponents, the president has been talking increasingly tough. On Monday, he proposed deploying up to 6,000 National Guard troops along the international line to support Border Patrol agents until their ranks can be expanded.

On Thursday, he said it makes sense to put up fencing along some parts of the border.
Actually, he said it "makes sense" to put up the wall. Of course he does. A simplistic solution from the simplest of minds.

Meanwhile --- and to nobody's surprise (well, except, maybe, the xenophobic GOP) --- Mexicans are saying that the wall won't work.
"We'll go under it, we'll go over it, we'll go through the air, the sea or the earth, but they're never going to stop us from crossing," said Jesus Santana, a Tijuana truck driver who was caught trying to cross and deported.

Increased security will likely only serve to make smuggling fees more expensive and drive immigrants deeper into debt, making them even more desperate to make it north.
Basically, Bush's solution will create more problems than it's trying to solve. Sound familiar?

Mexico nails it (emphasis mine):
"Most countries want to bring their people together and tear down physical, commercial and cultural barriers," [Mexican] presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar said Thursday. "Anyone who proposes separating them is out of line. Walls are a sign of distrust, and that will never be the basis of a good friendship between two countries."

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