Border security bill: Surveillance dr...

Border security bill: Surveillance drones, radar key parts of $...

There are 23 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 29, 2010, titled Border security bill: Surveillance drones, radar key parts of $.... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Sen. John Cornyn wants to take control of the border with Mexico by filling it with military technology like drones, radar and night-view cameras.

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Cornyn Is Not Serious

Kittanning, PA

#1 Apr 29, 2010
If there are no jail, fines or deportation, then all you have is a continuing of the revolving door and the border guards engaged in cat and mouse games. Walls, drones the National Guard and thousands of agents cannot keep them out if there is no punishment for illegal entry. We have the laws on the books. Just enforce the law, jail, prosecute and deport them. Get a national identity card and require everyone to carry them. Fine the employers who hire undocumented workers--the law is already there in Section 274 of the I&N Act. Also enforce sections 212, 241 and 287 of the I&N Act. Forget about the gadgets and boondoggles designed only to fool the gullible and to bring earmarks and kickbacks to politicians.
GeorgeBush_Warmo nger

United States

#2 Apr 29, 2010
More Big Lies.

Drones and "virtual fences" do not work.

Just ask Rick Perry.
Sarge

Apo, AE

#3 Apr 29, 2010
throw in an electrical fence with extreemly high voltage hell make my taxes worth it baby
Ledford F Beard

AOL

#4 Apr 29, 2010
How come our government hesitates in protecting our border with Mexico.
I now live in the East, Maryland, but grew up in El Paso and Anthony, NM-TEX.
Our government has not shown the cartels that we mean business when we tell them to stop their meanderings.
David

Carrollton, TX

#5 Apr 29, 2010
All this fear - violence is terrible in Juarez and in all Mexican border states. Yet El Paso remains one of the safest cities in America. More $$, high tech gagets, and police/ military will not make things better.

We need to focus on the actual root causes and stop putting all the blame on Mexico and the un-documented workers.

The US needs to make a complete change in policy and priorities when it comes to the 'The Drug War'.

Money and resources need to be shifted away from strict 'Enforcement' type policies, to drug programs / or rehab type programs to reduce drug dependacy. The US demand for drugs is crazy and even if all drug supplies from Mexico ended today -the drugs will come from somewhere else.

We should do what Portugal did about 10 years ago.

Portugal de-criminalized all drugs (even cocaine and heroine). After years, drug use among Portugese was reduced slightly, drugs deaths dropped, HIV infections dropped, and most importantly other drug crime such as murders and petty theft dropped dramatically. Below are articles from CATO Institute (libetarian), Time Mag, and Scientific American - regarding Portugal's drug policy.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,859...

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php...
Yeah

El Paso, TX

#6 Apr 29, 2010
Yeah lets spend $300 additional millions for something that is not happening in US soil.
Sarge

Apo, AE

#7 Apr 29, 2010
hell no, lets use that money and build a 20 ft electic fence baby that will keep them out. and send all the illegals that are in jail to some other country like japan
Sinaloa

El Paso, TX

#8 Apr 29, 2010
You know, its one thing to bring on a costly plan to help with the cartel problem in Juarez, its another to blow your horn so openly as some politicians seem to do. Now the cartels have been properly warned and will find another way to conduct business. Thats one thing about our so called free press and horn blowers! Blah, blah, blah. Didn't Geraldo Rivera get booted off a certain assignment for exposing news in Afghanistan?
Sinaloa

El Paso, TX

#9 Apr 29, 2010
Sarge wrote:
hell no, lets use that money and build a 20 ft electic fence baby that will keep them out. and send all the illegals that are in jail to some other country like japan
I say the fence is somewhat a waste of time and money. The illegals are getting in other ways obviously and so are the drugs. The problem is with our U.S. citizens' supply and demand!
Rey

AOL

#10 Apr 29, 2010
Sinaloa, once again.

Fences or any security system cannot stop intrusions if the person is determined. Security system are designed to delay intrusions, long enough to increase the probability of catching the inruder.

The camera system is flawed because of mechanical problems not because they are not effective. If you were sneaking into the US or any place, wouldnt you avoid the cameras or would you walk to them? They should fix the system.

Increased inspections in/out of the country would help. The greed on both sides is the problem.
Jane

Monument, CO

#11 Apr 29, 2010
Until the US removes all the Mexican Nationals/Mexican loyalists Border Patrol/Custom Border Patrol agents working on the US side of the border and replace them with US Nationalists, illegal aliens and other undesirables will continue to pour in unabated.
LLB

El Paso, TX

#13 Apr 29, 2010
This is all well and good, but when is the government going to finish the fence???
LLB

El Paso, TX

#14 Apr 29, 2010
Also, how about enforcing the laws that punish employers for hiring the illegals, thus giving them the incentive to come here, breaking the law to enter illegally and do whatever they can to make a few dollars to send home (without paying taxes). The employers don't ask for work visas, and thus circumvent taxes. Enforce the laws!!!
Mr Rosales

El Paso, TX

#15 Apr 29, 2010
I wonder if the DRONE is going to come down and arrest anyone ..because in my experience unless you have boots on the ground to arrest someone, the film is only nice documentation of something we already know....we are being overrun.
james

United States

#16 Apr 29, 2010
You can buy all the fancy electronic junk you want but you still have to have "boots on the ground" When a sensor goes off.
you can see all the people you want climbing the fence but you still need the Border Patrol to go get them.
Without more officers, all the electronics in the world won't stop the illegal entries, but it is cheaper to hire your daughters firm to put up cameras, than to hire more Border Patrole Officers.
Art

El Paso, TX

#17 Apr 29, 2010
While this administration is concerned about being "Politically correct", the cartels, illegals and the rest of the world are laughing at us. Being nice is not going to work to solve our Border problems or our fight against Terroism around the globe. Remember how nice Carter was and where it got us? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!
Fence first

United States

#19 Apr 29, 2010
The completion of the fence must be a priority!

NOW the thugs just walk around the ends!
Multiplier

United States

#20 Apr 29, 2010
james wrote:
You can buy all the fancy electronic junk you want but you still have to have "boots on the ground" When a sensor goes off.
you can see all the people you want climbing the fence but you still need the Border Patrol to go get them.
Without more officers, all the electronics in the world won't stop the illegal entries, but it is cheaper to hire your daughters firm to put up cameras, than to hire more Border Patrole Officers.
Needed:
20,000 MORE agents
Finished fence,
Technology deployed with ARMED drones.

The Border PAtrol MUST free themselves FROM POLITICIANS!
Public executions

United States

#21 Apr 29, 2010
its Time to kill the smugglers
Sinaloa

El Paso, TX

#22 Apr 29, 2010
Public executions wrote:
its Time to kill the smugglers
I would not like to see a public execution. Seems gross but I do agree + add a bit of my own opinion whereas the U.S. is guilty of 'supply and demand' your right the smugglers should be executed for MURDER. The drugs are killing ppl but then the ppl have a taste for them and furthermore glamorized in the movies. So..........

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