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April 24th, 2008
05:28 PM ET

Why has the govt. refused to secure our borders?

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Dusk falls over a section of the US-Mexico border fence near Campo, California. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush once called it "the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history."

He was talking about the "virtual fence," a twenty million dollar hi-tech detection device along the Arizona-Mexico border designed to keep illegal aliens from coming into this country. Trouble is it doesn't work.

Now the government is scrapping the prototype, just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved it. The system is failing to alert border security agents of illegal crossings.

Agents began using the fence in December and it has been responsible for more than three thousand apprehensions. The problem is more than 3,000 illegal aliens enter the United States every day.

Time for Plan "B." The government will replace the virtual fence with a series of towers with communications systems, cameras and radar.

In case you're keeping track, 9/11 happened six and a half years ago. And since then in the name of national security the Bush administration has spied on Americans without a warrant, approved torture of terror suspects, ignored the Geneva conventions, made airline travel more complicated than going by covered wagon, invaded a sovereign country that had done nothing to us, and bankrupted the treasury. But they haven't secured the nation's borders.

In fact, illegal aliens with torches, hacksaws, ladders, and bungee cords have come right through miles of existing border fence. Holes in the fence are big enough for an average-sized woman to squeeze through.

And border agents in Texas, Arizona, and California often have to repair the same sections of the existing fence every day.

Here’s my question to you: Why in the years following 9/11 has the government refused to secure our nation's borders?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Lisa from Huntsville, Alabama writes:
The question shouldn't be why hasn't the government secured our borders – the question should be why we've let them sit by and do nothing. They do, after all, work for us, the citizens.

Ken from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:
C'mon Jack, the president is a politician. He knows full well that a completely secure southern border would alienate relations with Mexico, and a completely open border would alienate everyone else. That means he has to play both sides, make it look like they're trying, while winking at our neighbor to the south.

Patricia writes:
Jack, if on 9/11 the governors of the border states had declared a "state of emergency", had deployed their National Guard troops around the borders of their states with orders to turn back all people trying to cross the border illegally, we wouldn't have nearly the problem with illegals that we have now. We closed our borders when Pearl Harbor happened, why wouldn't we have believed we were being invaded on 9/11/01?

CJ from Roanoke, VA writes:
We need the cheap labor to further our decline into third world status by destroying the prevailing wages and draining our social services. There is no way to take the so-called terrorist threat serious when the borders are wide open. Also, the political climate of not wanting to offend anyone will prevent the border from being sealed up. The future for this country is bleak.

Steve from Idaho writes:
The same reason we ship our jobs to China and India. The same reason there was slavery in this country. Same reason we stopped shipping our jobs to Japan. The elite corporations embedded in Washington want immigrants to be able to cross the border. It’s called CHEAP LABOR Jack !! Bush and McCain will talk tough on immigration, but like Republicans from the past, there is amnesty on the horizon.


Filed under: U.S. Border Security
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. P. Davis, St. Louis

    Our government has not and will not secure our borders. Businesses are reaping the rewards of cheap labor and paying no benefits.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  2. Jim from BC

    It's not realistic to expect complete border security. Thousands of land miles and thousands more miles of open shore lines. Not possible, Even for the Department of Homeland Insecurity.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  3. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Since 9/11, the only thing our government has secured has been Halliburton's foot hold in the middle east. Unsecured borders, which any terrorist could cross, are of no concern to our current administration. If secured borders meant higher profits for the oil conglomerates, they'd be secure by now.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  4. jon sehker

    Because the corporate office is running the show, it always has, since Bush Boy came to the helm. My question to you is, Why hasen,t the Bush Boy been impeached YET

    April 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  5. gCs

    Gonzales LA

    I really don't know the answer to that, but what I do know is President Bush said that we are safer here because we are fighting the terrorist over there. Seems like we're not too safe if we can't properly defend our borders.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  6. Joe in DE

    Because business wants cheap labor and voter have not been sufficuiently vehement.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  7. naknudson

    That is not too hard to figure out Corporations are making a killing hiring illegal aliens and our politicians are paid to look the other way.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    I live in San Diego. What would you have The Boarder Patrol do? They don't have the resources to make it better. Maybe China will sell us "The Great Wall". We buy everything else from them. The military could be a wonderful addition to The Boarder Patrol. Unfortunately they are all patroling Iraq and all the oil.

    They need to stop spending tax dollars in Iraq, and bring the military home where they could be used in the unincorporated boarder areas.

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  9. Brian in PA

    Ahhh, because it isn't an easy thing to do. Also do you really think some physical barrier, be it a fence or an insane amount of border patrols will be effective. Stop the profiteers from using illegal immigrants as cheap labor and you'll be 90% of way toward a "secure border."

    April 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  10. Mike in Spring, TX

    Corporate America has President Bush in their pocket. Corporate America cares about profit, not border security, not about tons of drugs entering daily, not about the cost to the taxpayer of social services, etc. Greed keeps the borders wide open.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  11. Chuck in Alabama

    Because it's more important to study the midnight mating habits of some bug in Borneo than spend that money on security. We could do it cheaply, but, mining the border is considered "bad taste."

    April 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  12. Dave in Maryland

    Because they are much more in tune with big business and their demand for cheap labor instead of the People of America and their safety. Its "All About the Benjamins"...

    April 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  13. David in Raleigh, NC

    As long as American businesses want cheap labor from south of the border, the American Government will do absolutely nothing to slow down illegal immigration.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Christine in Natchez, MS

    It's so the Bush Administration has a way to escape when the stuff hits the fan. Enough with the spending on the War on Terror when we can't secure our own borders. On the other hand, do we really want to be locked in here with these lunatics?

    April 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  15. Warren, Detroit

    Well let's see, we probably have illegal immigrants building the boarder, so what does that say for motivation.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  16. Jack Martin

    Jack
    Greed and profits keep our borders open. Arrest and prosecute those who hire illegals and no fence would be needed. Our troops are in the wrong country fighting the wrong war. We let George do it and we are paying for it in blood and treasure.
    Jack in Boynton Beach Florida

    April 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  17. mitchell martin ark.

    because that's where our marijuana comes from,jack.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  18. Randy Rivas

    They're idiots need I say more!

    April 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  19. Stephen in PA

    Just another example showing that our President has kept his record intact. In his adult life, he has never finished a project. Whether it be baseball, corporate endevors, or promises to the American People. As usual, it his 'advisors' who have given him faulty intelligence, or he has been obstructed by 'the other side'. It's amazing he has children.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  20. Karen - Branson MO

    Because the fence would've been too cost-effective. Bush and his buddies only know how to waste money.

    Great idea...spend money to start building a fence, wait...let's spend money to tear it down then we can spend money to put up technology so we can import Microsoft's foreign "trained" workers to fix the technology as it breaks so later we can pay to tear it down when it becomes outdated equipment so we can spend money to build another fence.

    No one ever said Bush and some in Congress were great engineers. If Bush is any indication of intelligence needed to be president, well then Obama has TOO much intelligence...overqualified.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  21. Allen, Hartwell GA

    WOW, obviously I said something wrong in my first comment when I accused Bush of treason for what he has done to, and hasn't done for, this nation. Maybe if I tone down the treason talk this comment will get through.
    Why hasn't the Bush administration done anything to secure our borders? Simple, they don't want the borders secure!!! Doesn't anyone get it yet – Bush and his handlers are deliberately destroying this country!!!

    April 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  22. David in Natchez, MS

    Securing our borders is kinda like locking the doors of a fifteen year old beat up junk car. Do we really have anything left here worth taking? Or would the fence just be another project where the funds would be better spent on education and healthcare for those of us willing to stand in line alongside the illegals?

    April 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  23. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    The issue of illeagle imigration and the border stems from the lack of accountability. We should start with border patrol and fire them first. (all of them and clean house)Then anyone guilty of hiring feeding or housing an illeagle should serve mandatory jail sentence similar to sale narcotics. Any politician who beleives that they perform the jobs most Americans don't desire should be banished to Mexico. We are not living in a Democracy but rather a Monarchy wher Corporations are King!!

    April 24, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  24. Susan from Twentynine Palms, CA

    Perhaps because the corporations that have bought and paid for our government require the cheap labor in addition to the federally funded corporate welfare. How else could they pay their CEOs?

    April 24, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  25. Bob from Traverse city Mi.

    After enough have crossed Bush will eliminate the national debt by suing Mexico for child support

    April 24, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  26. AR

    Maybe there planning on invading Mexico. Create a sort of modern day wild west. Where homesteaders could find a cheep places to live, business produce products and oil without environment and government red tape and steady supply of cheep labor. Have the government just defer request for statehood for decades, and collect the taxes. If the occupation was extend to about the 23rd, 22nd latitude (Baja and half the Gulf) just think of how much shorter fence would need to be built.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  27. john ......................... marlton, nj

    Because the people that live on the other side of our borders are our neighbors.

    FYI, on 9-11 four airplanes were hijacked, all caused the death of Americans, three ultimately hit what was believed to be the target. Whatever dumba*s thinks a fence would of stopped that needs to have their head examined.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  28. quincy

    Our oustanding gov't is dealing with the borders like we deal with an old-crazy uncle. By just putting him in a back room and hopes he goes away. When the President of Mexico admits he has family in the US that is here illegal, we have a serious situation on our hands. WE need to deliver a clear message to Mexico that we will not tolerate this, but i dont expect the Bush-Cheney administration to do anything about it.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  29. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, because the government has too many treaties with it's neighbors to tighten security around the borders. In addition, there has been too much economic connection with countries supporting terrorism to take a stronger stand against Saudi Arabia, etc.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  30. Sue of Minnesota

    What do we have that they want anymore. All our jobs have been outsoursed.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  31. vernon

    jack,the answer to this question is simple,big business doesn't want the border closed,they want cheap labor.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  32. Terry in: Fayetteville, NC

    What do you mean by "OUR" nation’s borders? They were bought and paid for by a bunch of K Street lobbyists. So why is it any of your business whether they are secure? :o)

    April 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  33. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    The answer is very plain. The Bush Administration doesn't care about our National Security. Bush and Cheney only care about themselves. Damn the people of the United States as far as they are concerned 8 years after the fact.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  34. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    Because G. Bush is President. He has consistantly failed at whatever he has tried. Sr. had to have friends bail him out of his oil field ventures (how can you lose on oil!?), the astro's, Shrub destroyed the tes ed. syst., and not only won the pres., but was re-elected! The american people got what they asked for! So they should quit griping-just don't screw up so bad in the future.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  35. Ron Wacker

    It's a money issue!

    April 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  36. Glenn

    Jack
    Can you name anywhere in the world where a country has fenced its entire border with another country? The only place that comes to mind is maybe between north and south Korea. I know a fence sounds like a simple easy solution. Without constant patrols and repairs a fence in itself is useless. What we need is solid resonable policy that deters illegal entry. Such a policy would have to address not only the people who cross the border illegally but also the companies that hire them and the Mexican government that encourages them.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  37. Richard

    Jack – I think folks ought to look at the 'big picture' (if they can spot it). Since every move the Bush/Cheney Administration has made has been to 'weaken' America, one has to ask why? The only answer would seem to be that the 'special' elitist money group they belong to have their eye on an eventual 'One-World Government', and the quickest way to achieve that is by weakening America.
    Non-protection of the border allows the continued diluting of America, both in terms of culture and work force – not to mention leaving open the potential for another terror attack inside the U.S. Such an attack would cause a massive wave of support for more restrictive measures (as in 911) by the Government, and fall right in line with those factions wishing to exert more control over the populace.
    Big Brother is indeed looming!

    Richard/Vermont

    April 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  38. Allen Lanai, Hawaii

    It is really impossible to "close" our borders. What is really needed is stringent enforcement of laws. As it is a crime to illegally enter the US, it should also be a crime for a state not to enforce immigration law. Local goverments need to stop looking away and arresting people for this crime.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  39. Taj

    Because we want cheap labor from Mexico. Our Govt wants them to come.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  40. Sharon

    So the Mexicans can cross more easily and get all the free benefits in this country. it is that simple. G Bush has no intentions of securing this country nor making us safer.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  41. Charles in Florida

    Jack, since the Mexican president has relatives hiding here, Americans with Mexican family ties, are probably halting the deal to seal our border by telling their elected officials they don't want the flow stopped?

    April 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  42. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Because we have a spineless State Department in bed with a completely corrupt Mexican government. We should have invaded Mexico instead of Iraq because they are the real threat to our future.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  43. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    In terms of national security, securing our borders, ports and airports is a must. In terms of politics, many of Hispanic heritage do not want a fence that separates them from their families so it is a difficult position to take. In terms of economics, businesses rely upon (and often abuse) immigrant workers as a cheap source of labor. In terms of society, we taxpayers are burdened with the costs of medical expenses, education and welfare. To put it bluntly, voters on a national level have failed to put pressure on Congress and the White House to get it done. We need to speak more loudly with our vote.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  44. joe m.

    because they haven't got a clue of how to do it and there's no money in it for them. they'd rather investigate baseball, pass bills to save the incandecent bulb, and study issues that we already know the answers too.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  45. steveo of barstow

    Jack have you noticed that after a couple of ex-military men blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City, money and effort was made to make all federal buildings more secure from domestic terrorism.
    If the judiciary took into account the threat level of having all the illegals crossing our southern border and made a demand of the white house and congress thus forcing the government to stop it once and for all.
    You can't stop illegal invasions of our border unless the courts force the executive and legislative branches to act.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  46. Mike Martinez, Ca

    Because the fat cats want cheep labor.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  47. Al California

    Because they know that building a fence will not stop anyone who really wants in. If they wanted to secure the border, they could do it. It is just easier to look the other way.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  48. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, our government has refused to obey our nation's laws, for decades and the border is one example. Failure to secure our border is treason, on the part ,of the President and every single member, of congress. Jack, since my government has ignored the crisis, of border security and immigration laws, for decades, I've decided to only obey the laws I agree with. That sets a great example, for our nation's youth George W.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  49. Yankee

    Jack, you will not hear anyone estimate because it would cost as much per year as Iraq! Year after Year! Congress knows people will NOT pay any extra taxes, especially that amount.
    Besides the illegals are doing more than ten percent of the work and if they were gone we'd have to work longer & harder. Or probably not cause even with them here we have not looked after our infrastructure.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  50. Bell-ID

    They forgot to electrify the fence Jack! Bush does't want these people out of our country. He loves our prisons full of them, our social security going to them, our food stamps feeding them, our emergengy rooms full of them, and they most likely work on his ranch. They are like ants, you may get rid of one, but there are 30 more hideing arround the corner.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  51. Jerry

    Jack

    Since its a slow news day I'll blame it on the economy.

    Next question.

    Jerry
    Roselle, Illinois

    April 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  52. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Jack I think it's obvious by now that this administraion never actually does anything it just creates the image of doing something. Too bad they didn't just create the image of going to war in Iraq, 4000 American men and women, heros all, and tens of thousands of dead innocent Iraqis, not to mention the number of coalition forces would still be alive.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  53. Kevin Stidham,OH

    Alot of good answers out there but im going to ball them up into one and add to them. There are many reasons not to secure or borders but less to secure them. It isn't Pres. Bush, if a puppet curses at your children, who will you reason with, the puppet or the puppet master? The thing is, is that we probaly won't know the real reasons(just like the average citizen doesn't know the real reason for the Iraq War) for it. When the next President steps into the office its not going to matter, nothing will change, if he starts to fight the strings attached to him, well, he will be dining with JFK. Things will continue to get worse, prepare your minds.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  54. Sharon Minnesota

    Are you kidding? Do you know how many miles of border we have, just land based, not to mention shoreline?

    Jack, If you've got the deep pockets to pay for all the security methods necessary, go right ahead. The American public doesn't.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  55. John Boston

    Jack if the Country is secure the GOP or Hilary Clinton for that matter can't exploit our fear anymore.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  56. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Don't you realize Bush does not want the borders secured?
    He is in bed with the administration of Mexico.
    I do not believe in building a fence. That is Un-American.
    What we should have is additional border security with
    the authority to enforce. Their hands are tied, just look
    at two that were arrested.
    Also, our jails should not be full of illegals. They should
    be deported, and hiring of them should be strictly
    enforced.
    Nothing is followed through. Homeland Security is a
    farce.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  57. Lerome Brock

    It's simple Jack, they've outsourced the "decision making".

    Lerome/Ohio

    April 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  58. Shannon Wadding

    I belive the wall will be excellent for keeping Americans inside its borders. Mexico should brace itself for the millions of people leaving the US for a better life and chasing our jobs to its relocation site.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  59. Amanda M - Chicago, IL

    Its simple. We are so busy fighting someone else's civil war and solving the problems of other countries that the govt. is forgetting about all the troubles here at home. When will they open their eyes???Thank God it's an election year because I really don't know how much more I can take of this Bush administration.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  60. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    Jack,

    Corporate influence in the government. Agri-business wants cheap labor. That is how they get it.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  61. Leonard, Phoenix

    Jack, not only does Bush not want the southern border secure, he doesn't want any hindrances on our northern borders either.

    Look who he just got through meeting with about an NAU? North American Union would mean NO borders, right?

    He's giving this country away to corporate America.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  62. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, it should had been shut down in the 70's because it has been out of control since then. But when my cousins started hiting the Midwest, Mideast, then the Gov. and the people started to notice., well to late. Even if it's shut down now the damage is way done!, to save a $ now it will cost billions.,(we have to keep paying for the babies!, food stamps, and so on.) to late.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  63. Jerry Wilson

    Amerca has and will always have: open borders, Social Security, habeas corpas, minimum wage, unions, seperation of church and state. etc. So lets talk about the issues that really matter–is Hillary being negative, or will Barack say, "Iove you back" as his adoring fans swoon.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  64. Billy G in Las Vegas

    WAY too EASY a question, Jack

    there is very little political will in Washington to secure the southern border. the Republicans want the cheap labor for their corporate exploiter contributor base while the Democrates are pandering to the likes of LULAC and La Raza in the hope of getting Hispanic American votes.

    the rest of us are "here I am, stuck in the middle with Lou" (Dobbs)

    April 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  65. ellen smith

    a fence is not the answer. more guards are not the answer and we can blame bush all we want. BUT we can really take care of this situation by rounding illegals up and sending them back. we also should not give them "freebies". when the illegals find out that they won't get a damn thing they will quit coming. if you came to nw arkansas alone you would save millions. people here cannot get jobs because the greedy employers want to pay illegal salaries. we need more buses and more enforcement officers to start rounding up these people–SEND THEM BACK AND THEY WILL NOT COME not build it and they will come.
    ellen
    bella vista

    April 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  66. Trey le parc

    Jack, at the end of the day our government would rather guarantee a supply of cheap labor to their corporate friends than uphold their obligation to defend our country's borders.

    That's the whole thing in one easy-to-read-and-understand sentence.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  67. Dave

    Hey I'm not fan of the Bush Administration, but everyone loves to bash a single person or a single administration..... Spread the blame to EVERY level of government, even your beloved liberal democrats, because if THEY wanted to secure the border it would be just as easy if I recall they have control of the house and senate and if they wanted to unite and band together to do something, they to could have made a difference.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  68. Bethany Independence, KS

    We can't secure our own country because we're using all available resources on a country we can't seem to shake. It would make sense that with the job and economic crisis we have right now, building a real (not virtual) wall would be a solution to a lot of problems. Think of how many people the US could employ with a project like that. We could use Hillary Clinton's wasted campaign funding to fund the project. If people can donate millions of dollars to a wasted cause, surely they could do something beneficial. It's a win-win-win situation.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  69. lin FL

    Because they are working with Canadian and Mexican immigration sharing information on everyone that arrives in these countries to see who they are and what their afiliations are. Lets face the fact that there hasn't been an attack since 911,I'm not a G.Bush fan but the fact is so far under his administration no attacks since. Unless your invoking the notion that the government had something to do with 911, if thats the case I think you need a vacation Jacky boy.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  70. Josh in Alabama

    It always has been and always will be about one thing.........MONEY. The corporations want illegals to come over so they can pay them less and work them harder to increase their profits, just like the government and Halliburton want us in Iraq to control the oil revenues, and just like the pharmaceutical companies want us to fill ourselves up with pills, making us think that it actually makes us healthy, and immune from these new "diseases" that come out every few months, I mean, seriously, do YOU know anyone with restless leg syndrome? Money is both the root of all evil and what makes the world go round, and it'll never change.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  71. Brian, Tampa Bay, FL.

    Because they don't want to secure the border, just as they don't want us to have a civilized, peacefull and productive society in America.

    Because they too busy destroying the Nation from the inside out to want secure the borders, kind of the same way the Roman Empire fell.
    I would go on but you would definately not be able to post it.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  72. kim

    What a good question...it's a mystery to me!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  73. Dottor Giorgio da Gela

    My dear Americani friends. Mexico should be fully allowed to join the ranks of Canada as the second North American ally of the United States. With Mexico's full allegiance, the average American who is now in a precarious state, ie pending loss of his home, his job, his family, and his mind, will be granted a better chance to survive the onslaughts of the rich capitalist corporations. Regime change in this United States of Greed, is in order! Power to the People, I say!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  74. michelle

    While the Democrats continue to slug it out, John McCain presents himself as the candidate doing the publics bidding. He is engaging with ordinary people, showing empathy for the situation ordinary Americans find themselves in.

    You can't buy PR like this. Democrats please take note.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  75. Ed S

    Jack;
    Simple! Bush is still in the Whitehouse. The most incompetent
    administration in this countrys history. I will not "fortify" my comment with the long string of issues that support it. I just got home & I'm tired.
    Ed S

    April 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  76. Peter, San Diego, Ca.

    Jack, The answer to this question is Cheap Labor. With NAFTA, CAFTA and all the other one sided Trade agreements our government has made, Big Business doesn't want our borders secured, especially the Southern Border with Mexico. What has to happen is that Congress has to pass a law to go after any business that hires Illegal Aliens and fine them the cost of what it would take to send their Illegal worker , and any family they have here Illegality, back to the country from which they came. This wouldn't cost the tax payer a dime, would punisher the employer who hired the Illegals, and open the job markets to those citizens who are now out of work.....

    April 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  77. Marilyn / Tennessee

    I honestly believe that they just don't want to. It would cut into the cheap labor force that employers dream about. If illegal immigrants, when found, were given the choice to go home or enter the military, illegal immigration would slow down dramatically. If not, just imagine the size of the armed forces we could hold up in front of the rest of the world.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  78. Eli Bullard

    This is just another example of failure that is the Bush administration, yet another promise the President can't keep. It would only appear that the White House idea of "security" is forcing air travelers to remove their shoes in line at airports around the country while thousands of illegal immigrants with hand tools cross the U.S.-Mexico border smuggling in God knows what.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  79. Ryan 22 in Portland, Oregon

    Our nation's borders are not part of the axis of evil or Muslim extremists. Besides, how else would cheap labor become available?

    April 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  80. Tom in Canada

    Because none of the duly elected officials responsible for border security actually live on the border and nobody is walking into the back yard of their home in the middle of the night. To enter the United States from almost anywhere in Canada is just a walk through the woods.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  81. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    The U. S. has failed to secure our borders because some people leading this country think the illegal immigrants are good for the country. Pres. Bush says they are doing work the Americans don't want to do. Many people have raised their families on construction work that the illegal aliens have taken over. I don't know if they do it for less wages, but they are doing it for less benefits which brings up more problems because they don't have health insurance. We send our guards to prison for trying to secure the border. What are we thinking.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  82. Mark Oklahoma City, OK

    Let's see, I can give you several reasons, Jack. Our leaders are too damned lazy, too "sensitive" to hispanic pressure groups, really don't give a damn about our security, they're simply concerned about drawing their fat government checks and enjoying their FAT government benefits and let's see, could it be that we have elected a bunch of cowardly losers to lead this country? Take your pick from any of the above.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  83. David in AZ

    We need to expand the types of changes done in AZ to the rest of the country. Sanctuary Cites and states need to loose ALL fed support. The likes of La Raza and all of the other social groups pushing for the rights of those here illegally, need to understand that the rights of OUR citizens, to have OUR laws enforced trumps the rights of those here illegally. Once our laws are enforced like in AZ, they will bring themselves out of the shadows and go home, just as they have been leaving AZ. Our economy can then balance it;s books again.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  84. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    Like the old saying goes, "It's the economy, stupid!"

    To secure our borders means to eliminate a ready source of cheap labor, thus alienating the businesses that use them and the foreign governments who willingly send them (read Mexico here.) so that their wages leave OUR country and go back to THEIRS.

    Our invertebrate Administration (that means no backbone) will always kowtow to the interests of business, blindly and without hesitation.

    I have nothing against legal immigration. It's the illegal kind that burns me up.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  85. Wayne, Marina Ca.

    Because political will is lacking, why? Influence from so many, such as Presidente Calderon have to much impact on our system, even though he has illegal aliens within our border. Why hasn't he (Calderon) made a country able to have his relatives feel to want to return to Mexico?

    Wake up America!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  86. Richard in Florida

    Jack. There are several answers to the question; state and federal politians are blocking any and all attempts because they want to be re-elected, the federal government is weak, large corporations, local governments, and small business owners find it in their financial interests to hire undocumented workers and keep paying low wages and lastly everyone from corporations, city and state governments, the federal government and small businesses do not want to spend years in the courts because of discrimination lawsuits.

    Richard in Florida

    April 24, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  87. Lenore Z.

    Jack, Tell me which nations can you name that have erected fences of any type all around their perimeters? None, right? That's because it's basically impossible, ESPECIALLY with borders as extensive as ours. That's one main reason the government isn't securing the border. Another is, generally speaking major threats are not coming across our borders. And they never have been, Lou Dobbs' ranting and raving notwithstanding! Other reasons include– trying to maintain halfway decent relations with Mexico, and yes, not having a clue (or perhaps not caring) how to pay our own American workers enough of a living wage to pick our own crops and cook in our restaurants.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  88. Dick B

    It is pretty clear than Bush believes Texas and the southwest still belong to Mexico. He has two wars going on with foreign countries and he doesn't want to risk third one by preventing Mexicans from moving freely on their own soil.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  89. Russ in Colorado

    It has never been a priority in the past and no one in government sees it as a priority now. How can you expect to close a border that has been effectively open since its inception?

    April 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  90. Charles Houston,TX

    Because unlike everything else they've done "in the name of American security", this wouldn't line their deep, oily pockets with more green.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  91. Sly from Michigan

    Our Government is looking for "Cheap Labor", and this is their way of getting it, by "NOT" securing our Borders. This is the Worst President in my life time, he should be "Impeached".

    April 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  92. Will Ash, NM

    This is perhaps my biggest concern with electing a Democrat this year. We need to stop the flow of illegal immigrants immediately. We cannot afford to tax our own infrastructure as the current administration has strained it to the limit. People need even the most menial jobs in this country.

    Amnesty is out of the question as well. I am married to a Taiwanese-American, whose family spent tens of thousands in fees and lawyers to immigrate here legally. Amnesty would have to include a reimbursement of fees for all of those who follow the law.

    Accepting immigrants here does not solve the problem, nor does simply deporting them. Kill NAFTA and force the Mexican government to help its citizens out. Then, we will both have progressing economies and can once again welcome those that wish to come to this land.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  93. Mini Mom, Pinckney, MI

    Because securing the borders doesn't benefit big business, and big business controls Washington DC.
    Want to get rid of outside influences that in Washington DC, then you have to vote for the candidate who is financed by the American people, not big business. You heard it right, Obama is financed by the American people.

    I know that none of the candidates are talking much about "ILLEGAL" immigration, but everyone should be, not only does illegal immigration lower wages, but it allows unknown people into this country. Not all are bad, but not all are good. And my concern with illegal immigration is simple, the more we let in illegally, the more they populate, the more they populate the sooner they can claim America as part of Mexico. And it was once upon a long, long time ago, (certain states that Mexico has always said they would get back) a part of Mexico.
    It's like setting up a civil war right under our own eyes. They are already demanding rights that they are not entitled to until they become US citizens.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  94. Marcus

    Jack If you think the borders are wide open now wait till the Pelosi and Reid bring in their 5 year Amnesty plan and with open borders we will see the final nail driven into the American worker's coffin. Tens of thousands of Americans lost their jobs in March 08 while at the same time 65,000 Guest Worker Visas we approved for issue that will allow foreign workers and their families to work for 3 years. 40-50% will overstay their visas. ICE and DHS have no way to track legal visa holders and certainly no way to track those who choose to over-stay. It is laughable! Jack, the tons of drugs alone coming out of Mexico should be reason enough to enfoce our laws and use force at the borders. Amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegals will result in a flood of new arrivals and family members.. Jack when does this insanity stop!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  95. Eva

    There seems to be only two reasons why our borders are not safe after almost seven years passing since the 9/11 terrorizing of New York City:

    1) it's tied in with NAFTA, Big Business running our own government, wanting to stay on the good side of the Mexican government. Big Business makes money in dealings with Mexico and in using illegal aliens in their workforces, either on the job or in their homes. Some could even be tied in with the drug cartel.

    2) This is a reason that seems unbelievable, but could it be? Could it be that someone in our own government is keeping the border protection from happening? Could it be for their own self-serving reasons? Could it be because they are involved in either the illegal work force or the drug cartel or both? Or does the Mexican end of those "enterprises" know something with which they are controlling our own government.

    Maybe I've read too many Tom Clancy novels, but there
    is no decent, legal, or viable excuse for the non-protection of American citizens.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  96. Linda

    President Bush and his evil gang could care less what happens to the American people because its all about the Corporations and their money. And besides if you seal the border we might interfer with the billions in illegal drugs coming across from Mexico.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  97. dennis north carolina

    the government doesnot no how to do it correctly or it leaves the excuse open should we be hit again. also they do not want to stop the flow of dope or illegal people to flow into our country.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  98. Kathy K from Boynton Beach, Florida

    George Bush loves big business.

    Big business loves low paid workers.

    Illegal immigrants work for low pay.

    If A = B and B=C then A must equal C

    April 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  99. Don in Virginia

    Because Haliburton doesn't have the contract?

    April 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  100. Ellie WIlmington, DE

    Because it's all about the oil, Jack. It's all about the oil.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  101. Janet, El Paso

    I used to think both parties were courting the Hispanic vote. Then I realized they just want a steady stream of low wage workers. Hispanics are destined to be the permanent "Chinese workers" of America.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  102. Renee Osterwalder/Expat Winterthur Switzerland

    Jack , Bush is too busy trying to secure his legacy . He cannot concentrate on that and border security at the same time!

    That would be way too taxing for his pea sized brain!

    Renee Osterwalder (Expat) Winterthur Switzerland/Portland Oregon

    April 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  103. David

    Its simple....George W. Bush is in charge and the dweebs he has appointed to high level positions in his administration don't know squat! We have the incompetent leading the incompetent!
    Dave in Kentucky

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  104. Rah

    Jack it comes down to one word Oil

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  105. Doug Mann Sr.

    Its really quite simple. The government is controlled by big business and the richest Americans both of whom want the cheap labor.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  106. tracy

    Plain and simple: Cheap labor for cheap corporations!!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  107. Max - Ohio

    While it angers me more than ever that the borders haven't secure, I think a more important question is how should it be done? Obviously nothing we have done so far has worked. If I were the Department of Homeland Security, I'd be open to suggestions right about now.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  108. Pat Allen

    My understanding that there are companies in the United States who advertise for workers in Mexico and Central America. The bottom line is the bottom line Jack. Money and the Bush Administration is not about to step in the way of taking advantage of cheap labor from foreign countries so that industry can line its pockets. Get real! That would be too moralistic for Bush et. al

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Keith S

    The ruling classes love the cheap labor they personally get from illegal immigrants more than they love national security.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Luke

    Our borders are still not secure as part of a plot to create a "North American Union." Eventually the powers that be want to combine the United States, Canada and Mexico to create a stepping stone to a world government. There is already the European Union, is this North American Union so hard to believe?

    Sovereignty is being torched and the dollar is going down. All of this is done in order to create an "openness " to a N.A. Union and new currency which will most likely be referred to as the Amero.

    Doubt me? Just wait.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  111. Wade from Greenville, SC

    because this has never been about our security.... it has been about profits. That's why we invaded an oil-rich nation, that's why Bin Laden is still free, and that's why the security of our border simply does not matter to this administration.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  112. rick fauteux

    Jack same reason as there is no new oil being drilled for no nuclear no border too much of the left having a say wacko enviromentelists ond so-on

    regards
    rick

    April 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  113. Lyon

    Because there is no profit for the military industrial complex in making our borders more secure..The only profit is in making us more insecure. It's simple Jack.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  114. Patty

    One thing – money – someone other than the Mexicans are benefiting and it just might be our government.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  115. David Kamer

    The reason why the US government refuses to secure our border is simple: they have oil, and we need that oil. We don't want our #2 oil supplier to get mad at us.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  116. Barbmole

    The reason the government has refused to secure our borders with Mexico is so that President Bush and President Calderon can create the North American Union and have trucks en mass entering the U.S. to Canada. Whyt make border only to tear it down later? That is the governments plan along with other plans to screw U.S. citizens of their constitution and rights.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  117. Ed Cunningham

    The borders won't be secure until the U.S. Chamber of Commerce OKs it. Evidently there are still a couple jobs left that "Americans won't do".

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  118. C. M.

    Because they dont care about the Unites States anymore. Because our personal welfare isnt part of their plan. Because it isnt profitable. Because we are headed toward doom, plain and simple. I am taking a chance with this posting, I hope it will make it to the main stream.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  119. mike

    Simple Jack, why would you secure the borders when the plan is to ultimately eliminate them? The North American Union agenda has not stopped, only changed names.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  120. John

    Bush was never able to face up to Fox, President of Mexico, while he was still in office. Bush also didn't want to alienate the Hispanic voting block. He doesn't want to impede the flow of cheap, illegal labor because that's how he inflates the "jobs created" statistics. Yes, Bush has been a total failure in this national security issue as well as all the others.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  121. Shane

    I think that President Bush wants the United States, Canada and Mexico to become something like Europe. Where every country falls under one dollar. I think if the founding fathers were to see what this country has turned into under President Bush they would have tears in there eyes.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  122. charles NJ

    The same reason why it fails to educate our inner city, fund poverty, construct a sane smart foreign policy, clean the environment, provide health-care to all: it's incompetent. Bush squandered the Clinton budget surplus with deficit spending because in my recollection, this is the first war we ever waged while simultaneously cutting taxes! Almost every single administrative dept has failed us and the only government institution that actually works, the US Post Office, is constantly raising rates.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  123. Mike M in Phoenix, AZ

    When the government secures our borders, cities like Phoenix, San Diego, and LA will begin to disappear or at least return to what they were 30 or 40 years ago population wise. By not securing the border, the government can still use this as an excuse to do what they have been doing for the last 6 1/2 years!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  124. Richard

    Our government doesn't secure the border because companies benefitting from cheaper labor would be hurt by a less porous border. Therefore the government only pays lip service to this problem instead of solving it.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  125. Chris, Vancouver, WA

    The ultimate reason for not securing our southern border is to advance the goal of a North American Union.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  126. Tory from Huron OH

    When our president is given to acting like a petulant adolescent, and his best friends are making big bucks from exploiting the illegals who come through our borders illegally every day, why in the world would expect his government to do anything?

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  127. Rodney

    Jack,

    Didn't you know? It's all part of the plan! Can you se, I mean say...Amero?

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  128. Mikey W

    It's simple Jack. If they wanted to they could, so they obvilusly don't want to. Why? The Republicans want the cheap labor and the Democrats want the new constituents. Case closed.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  129. Janet; Phoenix, Arizona

    It is obvious to me that the government just doesn't really care about it. They would have done something by now if they did. It is very simple and clear to me. Those politicians would rather look the other way and twiddle their thumbs, among other things!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  130. stephen

    simple., The U.S. administration is determined to merge into a North American Union, a border fence would raise awareness to this and slow there ever increasing march towards this goal of joining into a global leadership structure aligned with the E.U.
    thx Cafferty

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  131. Sharon

    Jack, you might want to ask your question about securing the border to the Chamber of Commerce Lobby and Corporate America.

    And, afterall, it's certainly an off-the-books form of foreign aid, isn't it?

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  132. Seth

    Because the politicians are in bed with big business who need the low wage earners in order to continue to make big profits

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  133. Natasha

    Because the corporate bigwigs and political mucky-mucks who own this country are profiting handsomely from the cheap labor. Corporate America gets to fatten its bottom line by using cheap, illegal labor and they have bought the best government money can buy with the profits to make sure that their bottom line stays healthy. So what if the average American is begging rice in the streets? Corporate CEOs are doing just fine thank you and as for the rest of us, let them eat cake.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  134. neal workman

    jack, in three words-North American Union

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  135. Andrew B.

    Come on Jack!

    Instead of rushing off home after the Situation Room is over...Why don't you sit back and enjoy THE BEST show on any news station...LOU DOBBS TONIGHT!

    He'll set you straight on the plans for a North American Union (aka: SPP) a la the European Union. They can't have these fences as it will hurt their planning.

    Andrew B.
    Winnipeg

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  136. Tee

    Does Haliburton own a fence company, too? If not, that's why. It's not a moneymaker for big business and Bush's cronies. Duh.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  137. David

    This is nothing new, Bush and the republican congress failed in every area of government..

    I cannot name a single success in 8 years.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  138. Nikki, Ridgefield, WA

    That's easy. As I listened to all three Country leaders of the USA, Mexico and Canada after their summit in New Orleans, each one of them mentioned how they discussed having 'thinner boarders' and broader migration of workers. So it's the SPP and NAFTA and NAU that is the motivation for NOT securing our borders. It would be very expensive to secure all those borders, only to turn around and open them up again if our leaders have their way!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  139. Bruce McClarron

    The answer: 3 words Jack....Couldn't Care Less!!!

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  140. carlo guadagno

    it's simple Jack, they haven't even tried

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  141. Peter O'Donnell

    The main competing theories would seem to be these:

    (a) White House likes Mexican food
    (b) desire to see USA more competitive at soccer
    (c) somebody forgot

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  142. Dan

    Why? It is all the cheap labor and cheap illegal drugs, Jack. We will worry about security after the open border is used to attack us.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  143. Dean Balthaser

    Why have we not secured our borders? Two words...big business. This administration will do anything to further the interests of big business no matter if it hurts it's citizens or is against the citizen's will. The elites run this country for themselves, not us.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  144. Doug D

    The US government has failed to secure our borders because they are more concerned that Mr. Bush's investment in Saudi oil is more important than our national security.
    The Bush administration would rather us believe that we need to spend Billions of dollars in Iraq for "Democracy" and finding the WMDs that don't exist, when in fact the agenda is to protect the oil.
    Now that we have expended Trillions of dollars we do not have the necessary resources to secure our borders.
    All the pro-Bush people are saying well we have to keep spending the money over there so the fight wont come over here.
    The administration has already bankrupted the economy and now the fight is coming here.
    Again we have no resources to secure our borders.

    Thanks Mr. Bush I hope you enjoy your oil in your retirement

    April 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  145. Cheryl Cocoa, Fl

    Come on, Jack. This one's too easy. The government is promoting the North American Union. This all ties in with the Universal ID Card. So what if Americans have constitutional rights. All that matters is the Government's right to keep us all under their control.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  146. Rosalie Zwain

    Woody Allen had a terrific story in one of his movies (I forget the title), about his brother seeing a psychiatrist because he thought he was a chicken. When asked why he didn't tell his brother he wasn't a chicken, his answer was"Because I need the eggs!"
    Simply put, that's why the borders haven't been closed. We need the migrants, the immigrants, the workers! How else can farmers, construction companies, etc. get away with paying cheap wages to get the work done, without paying benefits, etc etc etc.
    To paraphrase Woody: "we need the workers".

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Gary Kurtz

    Jack,
    The government has not secured the border because it is physically impossible to do so. Talk of securing the border is empty rhetoric. The problem can only be solved by developing a legal means for foreigners to work here and by developing and implementing a hyper vigilant policy for removing anyone caught here illegally. This would require the federal government to work with state and local governments. Therefore, it will never happen.

    I appreciate the work you do,
    Gary

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  148. Jeff Greene

    It simple Jack ..incompetence wrapped in cronyism

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  149. Sonia

    It's very simple that it is politics and pandering to special interest. The US make it difficult to enter legally, but you can just walk on through from Mexico. Look around, everything is turning bilingual in this country. The government as well as businesses are making it easy to enter illegally and live here. If the gov't doesn't want to build and patrol real fences, why don't the laws change to not allow the children of illegals born here to not become citizens. That's a low cost approach that would make the US not so attractive.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  150. william k. fitzwater

    Why has the government refused to secure the borders;
    They have . However why has the government not converted to cash less society. This would reduce or eliminate amny of the opportunties for work.
    Most work done by illegals fuel a underground ecnony which is based on cash. Cash which pays all debts both public and private. Helps pay also for illegal activties. Create a cashless society and then YOU CAN TRACK DOWN BOTH EMPLOYEERs AND EMPLOYESS and thier true status. How can you track cash in the larger ecnomic world. Supply & demand we create demand for high skil lowage labor and we then compain bitterly when we have to deal with the situation.
    Illegal imaration is just another election year ploy a scape goat . We need to concentrate on the prblems here inside our own troubled republic.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  151. Linda Richards

    Jack, It's become a Catch 22. In Scenario #1, the gov filters money through fed, state and local entities that have become monuments to themselves providing jobs for managers, supervisors, administrators, lawyers and clerks and all that entails. In Scenario #2, the gov subcontracts with agencies set up by former politicians who know how to milk the taxpayers for almost every penny. In the end, very little gets spent on the problem at hand. This has become a way of life in this country. Linda, NJ

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  152. Stuart F. Kane

    The answer is simple. The politicians lack the courage to say what it will take to close the border. Building a fence for billions of dollars is another stupid plan by the incompetent Bush administration.

    The answer is to deploy military force with orders to shoot to kill. Kill a few hundred foreign invaders and tens of thousands of American lives will be saved, victims of rapes and murder every year.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  153. Mike

    Simple, the folks in Dc know that with out illeagals entering your country, your food price would be through the roof.

    Mike
    Prince George
    Britixh Columbia

    April 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  154. James Carney

    Jack, Not quite the right question. It should have been " ... the Republican Administration ..." That makes the answer simple: cheap labour and incresed profits for the Republican Party's financial base supporters - Corporate and SME businesses - regarless of the costs to everyone else.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  155. Cynthia

    Because they can't. Ever hear of ladders?
    But I have a question for you.
    Why hasn't the government implemented a plan that would result in certain and severe penalties for those who hire illegal immigrants?
    Eagerly waiting your response.
    Cynthia
    San Antonio

    April 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  156. Darry Brown Charlotte, Michigan

    Thats easy to figure out! Corporate America wants cheep labor and the Bush administration will do what ever it takes to help them, and in September when he's done he'll need cheep labor too to help run his ranch.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  157. Booker

    If we had no need for the oil then I think that a lot more attention would be on our boarder. Ther seems to be more interest in oil than American Jobs by this administration.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  158. Vic from Florida

    Because only the Government accepts failure as normal operating procedure spending billions of hard earned tax dollars along the way and holding no one accountable.

    .

    April 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Robert

    I'll tell you why, Jack. It's because the War On Terror is a total sham. The Bush administration passes it's Constitution depleting laws but doesn't even have to pretend to give the appearance of actually protecting the country. The american people are, as a majority, to fixated on watching singing competitions and observing people dance with over the hill celebrities.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm |