March 17th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Drones to patrol U.S. border with Mexico?


The MQ-9 Predator aircraft would patrol the southern border of the U.S. in order to stop the illegal entry of thousands of Mexican nationals and drug runners. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Despite a deepening crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico, our government refuses to get serious about security.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked the federal government for unarmed predator drones to patrol the border. It's a request he's made before, but is now renewing after three workers at the U.S. consulate in Juarez were murdered.

Perry asks: "How many Americans will have to die before our federal government takes serious action along the Texas-Mexico border?"

Chances are Texas will have to wait. Some more. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she's considering Perry's request, but insists the government is constantly watching what's happening at the border. Watching is about the extent of it.

Napolitano also announced she's holding up funding for plans to build a virtual fence along the border. She says it's because the system of sensors and cameras has had many problems, including cost over-runs. So Napolitano wants a review to be completed first.

Exactly what we need - another review of border security. The government can continue to do nothing while drug-cartel violence along the border keeps getting worse.

Texas recently issued a warning to parents not to allow their children to go to Mexican border towns on spring break. And the State Department has put out a travel warning to delay visits to certain parts of Mexico. Maybe it's time for Americans to boycott all trips to Mexico - spend our vacation money somewhere else..

More than 4,000 people have been killed in the border city of Juarez in the last two years.

Here’s my question to you: Should drones be used to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Joe in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas writes:
I guess since I am shortly going to be required to pay for health insurance for anyone who gets into the country illegally, the drones might actually turn into a cost effective military product. Imagine that.

Ed writes:
We should be using everything at our disposal to protect our border. This includes: drones, blimps, fences, satellites, agents, radar and cameras. Why have a Homeland Security agency and all it costs if it fails to seal our borders?

Pete in Georgia writes:
Patrol? For what? Everybody in America knows what is going on: the government knows exactly WHERE the thousands of illegals are pouring in weekly. The problem is the do-nothing politicians who refuse to get tough and put an end to it. All the surveillance in the world is just more of an insult to every decent American's intelligence.

Ben writes:
Yes! We need to protect our country with everything that we have. We should even send limited number of troops on 30-day rotations to our borders.

Deborah in Colorado writes:
Unarmed drones are better than nothing, but armed troops are better. Our government needs to stop "playing nice" with drug cartels and gangs. It's time we took control of our borders and if Mexicans don't like it, they can go home.

Riley in Charleston, West Virginia writes:
No drones at the border. Too much money, not enough return. That flood will continue till they can't get work, housing, education, or medical. How about a human chain of unemployed Americans?

Filed under: Mexico
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Gil Gamesh Pyramid Lake,NV

    "Yes, and on Our biggest threat the Canadian border.
    a threat more horrible than Mexico.
    those pesky Canadians are just ready to Pounce
    on us with "Canadian World Domination"
    they are at this time sneaking Canadian News broadcasters
    to indoctrinate us before the invasion.
    .....BUT..... If We let them, Our debt and Health care problems
    would be solved, and all we would have to Learn is how to say "Eh!"
    after every third sentence, and "Zed" is the last letter in the
    Canadian language.
    we would however be tasked with how to sing "Oh Canada"
    and when they like us "the Maple Leaf Forever

    March 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  2. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Are you saying that the fence in some areas aren't working? What happened to all that border security Bush implemented about for 7+ years. Exactly how many drones would be used? After all, there is about 2,000 miles to watch.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  3. ed schleker

    With all the cross boarder traffic going on what or whom could you
    shoot at – unarmed is good for interdiction use...

    March 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    Awesome Jack these drones will stop the illegal from crossing the border. What we need is a fence.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  5. james

    hi jack what i want to know why the president congress an the senate cant see that this country has pricest it self into a recession if they were smart enough to see it they would cut insurences in half an put a ceilling price of 50% on every thing like rosevelt did an create jobs anthis country could get back on its feet this country was founderd on christian beliefs an untill it gets back on track it want get straightthank you jack

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  6. James

    They should do whatever it takes to secure the border. All people should enter the country legally because it is the law. The citizens are paying or illegal people everyday.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  7. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Yes, absolutely! It's about time too. Next thing you know we will be having armed gangs from Mexico crossing the border to rob, rape and murder our citizens on our own soil. We need the drones to blow these gangs right out of the desert when they start doing that, and it is only a matter of time.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  8. Riley ODay

    No drones at the border. Too much money, not enough return.

    That flood will continue till they cant get work , housing, education,or


    How about human chain unemployed americans.?

    Riley ODay charleston wv

    March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  9. Rick Medina,OH


    This is a sensible solution; no one gets hurt ...llegals are simply stopped, and if they made it across the border, sent home. Immigration legislation has no chance until the issue becomes a stationary target ... we only have to deal with the immigrants already here. And if along the way we stymie the drug traffickers, so much the better.


    Medina, OH

    March 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  10. stephan hoglund

    Jack this seems like a slippery slope in the sand..who will be pushing the button. Perhaps it is time to decriminalize or legalize certain drugs that fuel this border fire.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  11. Homeless D in Atlanta

    For what reason?

    Can we not catch enough of the illegals by checking out construction sites and Walmart stores? Are now going to shoot them from the air, much the same way that Sarah Palin "hunts"?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  12. PaulaBanksfromGA

    Going by my relatives in Texas. Between the Mexican ganga already in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The trouble is already in the US. The Dems loves the fact its not there Upper Higher Educated Left Wing Neighborhood. They got the Open Door Policy to all. It's the Sharing-Guilt Trip. you Owe us, we need to pay.
    But from the Proverty side of the Street-We want your Jobs, your Money. We want Healthcare-The day after it pasess. We don't want to wait Four Years to receive it. We also don't to get the care from the State Hospital or Clinic. we want your Doctor and Hospital services. That includes me. I want it the Day after it pasess.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  13. Ben

    Yes!!!! We need to protect our country with everything that we have. We should even send limited number of troops on 30 day rotations to our borders.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  14. Tom, Santa Barbara CA

    Sure! It would reduce illegal immigration a bunch if everyone trying to cross gets blow'ed up! I think that would be the rootin'-est, tootin'-est, Mexican shootin'-est solution ever! Nothing would make me prouder to be a 'Merican!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  15. southerncousin

    If they are illegals, why shouldn't we. They are illegal, that means breaking the law. Don't understand why this is even a question.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  16. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, don't be silly. Why arm them? We can't shoot anyone! If the border patrol kills anyone, the agents involved end up in jail, and the U.S. gives the drug runners huge payoffs before sending them back across the border to repeat the offenses. Can you imagine the costs of hitting some "innocent illegals (oxymoron)" with a Hellfire missile for crossing the border? The unmanned drones are a waste of effort and funds, because you don't have enough border patrol to pick up the illegals if you do spot them. Face it, the government isn't REALLY interested in stopping illegal immigration.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  17. The Broker.

    "Just like the Iraeli's use. I wonder how much of jewish wealth helped to build them?"

    March 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm |

    Drones are the best way to keep Illegals in check. I hope they use it. But I won't hold my breathe with Obama as president..

    March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  19. Joe from Fairfield Bay Arkansas

    I guess since I am shortly going to required to pay for health insurance for anyone who gets into the country illegally, the drones might actually turn into a cost effective military product. Imagine that.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  20. J. Lagmay, Woodland Hills, CA

    Armed UAVs provide greater visibility with minimal human error versus Border Patrol personnel. Deployment of these drones will effectively increase security and produce a largely significant return for all tax payers in the long term.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  21. jerry buckles higdon ala

    Hell yes. And have tankers flying around to refuel so they dont have to stop.Thats the way i want my tax dollars to work

    March 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  22. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Not only armed drones, but armed troops both equipped with pre-approved "shoot to kill" orders. With terrorism the way it is these days, our borders need to be SEALED against unlawful intrusion, and the best way to do that is to instill some FEAR into those criminals who would enter this country illegally. Let the illegals stay in their home countries and fight the corruption there and make their countries a better place to live. Do that and the illegal imigration might reverse direction!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  23. Angie

    Yes. Since a fence all across the border is impossible, using the Drones is a very good idea. but the Drones should only be one of many tools used to help our border patrol. They need all the help and tools they can get.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  24. JW Georgia

    If America wants to open a war front on its southern border, then shoot missiles and bullets from armed drones at border crossers. It won't be long before missles will be lobbed back from Juarez to El Paso. Then what's the plan? Nuclear bombs to Tijuana?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  25. Will from San Jose, CA

    Unarmed drones seem like a pretty cost efficient way to patrol the border. Armed drones are a different matter, I don't think we want to create a precedent for the use of lethal force on people within our borders without a human being on site to assess the seriousness of the situation.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  26. Jim

    And do what Jack? The drones are used as offensive weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan and I don't believe that our government has the guts to whack some illegals trying to slip into this country. I suppose they could be used as survellience equipment to alert border guards to the location and number of illegals, and that might help stem the tide, but I doubt it. The primary problem is the lengthof the border, antiquated equipment, corrupt border guards, and a government that's really not serious about this problem. It's absurd.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  27. Dave Bueller

    When the US turns Arizona, parts of California, Colorado and Texas back to Mexico we can tell Israel to give back land they won in their wars.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  28. Janice from DE

    Gimme a break !!!!!! Can we honestly handle pictures of innocent Americans being killed "by mistake" and will government apologies be enough then?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  29. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Not unless your going to use those same drones to patrol the rest of America. Jack putting drones on the border is not going to stop border crossings as long as those that cross can find a haven here in America. The risk far out weighs the consequences. If you cut off the jobs and you prosecute those illegally found in America as well as those hiring them, then and only then will you stop illegal immigration.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  30. Denis Duffy

    Armed drones and armed military, with orders to shoot to kill. How do you tell who is or isn't a terrorist.

    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  31. polly Fitch

    Why not? they should be given a warning...step away from the border
    wwe will assume you are the drug army other wise and take appropriate action...we do it everywhere else...gaurd the border or shut up about it.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  32. Linda in Arizona

    NO!!!!! Would you like to see them in YOUR backyard, Jack? How long before they're shooting Americans (by mistake) like in Pakistan? Of course, it's coming. Our police state continues to grow.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Yes Jack, backed up by armed troops with orders not to shoot anyone headed south and to shoot EVERYONE headed north.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  34. Frances Cappelletti

    No, put the National Guard on the border along with the Border Patrol and a real fence. That is what the National Guard is for to protect our borders.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  35. Mike in New Orleans

    I think it makes great sense to have a bunch of our 8.3 million dollar planes shot down by two bit drug dealers and illegal immigrant transporters.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  36. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes. When our son worked as a teacher along the border my husband and I went down for a visit. On one trip across the border on a trip to Monterray by bus,a whole bunch of Mexicans got off the bus and ran down by the Rio Grande River. We stayed on the bus and went through border patrol stations. It was about 1AM and there was only 1 border partol person in the booth on the American side. Whatever happened to those that got off the bus early and ran down to the River? With all this drug cartel business going on I think drones are in order.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  37. Banned in Hartwell GA

    Does a cat have a climbing gear? Does a bear c**p in the woods?

    Seriously, we are wasting defense dollars in other parts of the world with no benefit to us. This would be a case of us spending our money at home for our benefit, something that the Obama administration seems to want to do. I realize that the GOP will adamantly oppose such a proposition, as they have in the past, but there it is.
    Hartwell GA

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  38. honestjohn in Vermont

    Absolutely we should arm our drones and use them to keep the narco-violence from coming into the USA. If we can't defend our own borders we are doing something very wrong.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  39. Angelica from Birmingham

    Yes. If you had witnessed the escalation in crime that I've seen in Birmingham since illegals flooded this city, you wouldn't have to ask the question. Armed drones. Nuclear devices. Whatever it takes.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  40. david doherty

    If the US. would just legalize marijuana it would cut the profits made by the cartels by half. Which would mean a boom for US farmers,empty out our over crowed prisons, lessen the risk of other wise perfectly law abiding citizens who are forced to deal with unscrupulous drug dealers, oh and don't forget the tax benefits that the US would rake in. It's absurd that it is perfectly legal push alcohol which takes the lives of thousands every year, and marijuana which is by far the most harmless drug out there, if you don't count the deaths from smuggling it in, and the millions we spend on enforcement and incarceration.
    Dave from peterborough, NH.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  41. Ralph Spyer

    We have over ten million Mexicans living in the U.S. It time to put the hight price toys away' Mexico is a fail state it has become our problem. Our old friend the Catholic Church help Mexico at one time they own 70% of the country.and do not forget the Church pays no taxes

    March 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  42. Curtis Hamilton

    We are no longer building the virtual fence and have lots of money available from that failed program so use some of that money to buy predator drones. Why not???

    March 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  43. Debra in Mabnk,Texas

    A resounding YES!! We need to protect our citizens. The drug lords in these cities are armed the same if not better than most militaries in the world. I do agree with our Govenor. How may people will have to be murdered before we take this seriously?

    Also, for every 1 Illegal that crosses the Mexico- Texas border and is arrested , 20 get through. There is no way 1 Border Patrol Agent can effectively patrol thousands of square miles of desert and do an effective job. Give them some help. Every other country in the world has effective border security, but we do not. Where does Washington think some of the 9/11 terrorists crossed over to the US?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |

    Keep the illegals out in the first place and we won't have to spend billions (yes with a 'B") paying for their illegal use of our health care, schools, prisons, and other publicly funded services. AND we won't have to spend money in litigation with bleeding heart organizations who think these folks have the right to flaunt our laws and remain here. And FINALLY we won't have to spend millions incarcerating, adjudicating and then sending them back accross the border!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  45. Sean from Maine

    Unarmed drones, why not. But armed drones? Are we really going to used guided missles to kill human being who, as an overwhelming majority, are just crossing the border for a chance at a better life. Enough of this macho garbage.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  46. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    In this case it might work. In Afghanistan drones usualy kills Talibans and civilians all at the same time. At the Mexican border the drone will recognize only the illegals. Who else going to cross the border in one single file but illegal Mexicans. One single shot from the drone, and people will think twice before crossing the border.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  47. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Of coarse they should, but we're a long way from that happening. The reason? Mexico is our largest trading partner. Why? Because back in the 60's, American manufacturers fled to Mexico in droves to get all that cheep labor(many have since moved to China). Dow Chemical, Maytag, and many others still are,and as long as they need to have goods flowing in both directions,having armed drones in the sky won't sit well with them(dead civilians are just the cost of doing business). Their reaction will ALWAYS be: lock-up the "drug addicts", problem "solved" (that's all B.S. but that's another argument, for a different day). P.S., the Border Guard show they have on The National Geographic Channel shows Black Hawk helicopters, but they don't seem to have any mounted guns onboard. Wonder why? Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  48. Don H., Bellingham, Washington

    There should be over 100 drones, armed with non-lethal tear and other gasses, patrolling the border with Mexico 24/7. Nation Guard troops with engagement authority should be stationed along the Mexican border; and all intercepted undocumented persons should be tattooed, DNA samples and fingerprints taken before they are deported.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  49. Paul, King of Prussia, PA

    Un-Armed Drones ? Why not Armed Drones? Its our border, a war is waging just to the south of it, Armed intruders are violating our borders everyday....

    Its like a patent, if you are not willing to defend it, you derserve to lose it.

    Forget about Iraq, Iran, North Korea etc, the war against America is right on our door steps.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  50. Paul

    No way. This is inhumane and a ridiculous way to treat human beings. What we need to do is get rid of NAFTA and find a better solution to this failed "War on Drugs" policy. Mexico and the south may be the suppliers of the drugs, but we are the consumers. We need to fix this problem internally through rehabilitation programs instead of prison sentences for non-violent crimes, do away with "Mandatory minimum sentences," decriminalize soft drugs like marijuana and ultimately legalize this. Guess what, if weed was legal that would put the drug-dealers out of business!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  51. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Why not. Our internet usage can be tracked. Our phone calls can be monitored. GPS can track our cars, cellphones and laptops. what's one more intrusion on our privacy?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  52. Demoshe

    Governor Rick Perry is not a credible person to be Quoted for anything including Illegal Immigration. He has shown extreme incompetence by running Texas like a North Korean Police State. In Texas, there are Fines and Taxes for everything . All Rick Perry does is reward his Political Cronies down in Austin and over tax and fine poor Texas for every penny that they have!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  53. Pamela holt

    Foley,al. I"ve got a question for someone , why didn"t someone think of this idea during the past eight years, or even sooner? How long did you say these drones have been in existence? don"t tell me, surely not before over 12 million illegal immigrants came here????

    March 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  54. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    What, exactly, would the predators do? drop bombs on US soil? I agree we need to get serious about the issues surrounding the Mexican border, but bombing targets in the US is not top of my list.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  55. Pat Staten Island

    Of course we need the drones. These gangs should be hunted down like the dogs they are. And we need the border secured. But its ironic.; the lack of border security is what will provide a sustained constituency beholden to the present administration once amnesty is rammed through. When will we learn.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  56. Terry C. in Illinois

    Sure as long as it can shoot to kill or its a waste of money and time...
    Listen, what happens to you if you enter other countries illegally ?
    It ranges from prison time, caning, stoning, deporting, and even killing you.
    So why is America giving free healthcare, free education and help with college, jobs, unemployment, social security and maybe even amnesty to illegals???
    They get more than my kids get and I have lived and paid taxes all my entire life !!!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  57. ben stockton, calif

    why dont we deport all the illegals here so they can help fight their countries drug problem. we cant be sending troops from here to help them. use the drones to erradicate the marijuana fields and spray the poppy plants with agent orange defoilage chemical.if the mexican people are fed up with the killing of innocent people , arm them to the hilt so they can protect themselves.. we are not the worlds cops.. better yet, stop sending foreign aid to countries abroad and use it to fight the drug problem in our country

    March 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  58. Ed from Tucker

    The obvious answer to that is YES! Less obvious is the cost of these platforms through made through the federal contracting system that allows for tremendous and seldom challenged cost overruns. Combine that with the, again, obvious need to utilize these aircraft in the "war on terror" and it makes me wonder where will the money come from. I think it's time for some American companies to de-emphasize their bottom line and emphasize the need to protect our country. Besides, it could provide more jobs and skills for American workers.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  59. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No, people we need bodies down the not tech toys! This is not a game to be played with toys, while many of our combat troops are spread out across over a 170 countries, we are wide open for an invasion, who knows with 3 million people crossing our borders each year a army might be here right now waiting for a signal to attack us from within! I believe in The Posse Comitatus Act, hire some people we need the job growth and the tax dollars!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  60. A. Smith, Oregon

    Placing drones to patrol the unfriendly skys of America was a plan previously hatched by the neferious and horrific Bush-Cheney administration. First they would be un-armed, then as the public accepted them, they would arm them with hell-fire missiles and include the more lethal and privacy invasive Reaper Drones to expand their reign of terror across America. Undoubtedly innocent American's will die as a result of this extended Republican War against Americans.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  61. Annie, Atlanta

    Our border with Mexico is a problem, and has been for a long time. Can you imagine what Americans living near this border are going through? We need to do everything we can to keep them safe.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm |

    Jack; Why why don't our politicians patrol the tex-mex border????I can't understand our country. They make laws,Then they forget about them. What will it take to wake them up

    March 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  63. Jeff in Houston, Texas

    Why not? I was surprised the Bush Regime did not do this in the first place, but that would have required analysis. Obama is getting around to it now becasue it involved taking action, even if we have a veritable war at our border. Americans have no right to be outraged at the use of this technology for this purpose as long as Americans are the one creating the market for these drugs with their demands. If there is no demand for the product, there is no makret. Occasionally, Republican logic does apply.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  64. Ken in NC

    Yes but it is past time to use unarmed drones wasting millions of dollars looking at them sneaking into our country and bringing in drugs. Arm those suckers to the teeth. If I use your yard for a short cut and you put Pit Bulls in your yard and they chew me up, others will no not to use your yard anymore.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  65. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, you need Border Patrol to watch the borders. No matter how much you watch it, you can't stop a person coming across wit river without U.S. Border Patrol there to actually stop the person or persons. High tech is nice, but you are in a low tech war here! An illegal alien jumps the fence, digs a tunnel, swims the river, if no one is there to stop them you've lost. What is the drone going to do? Keep a count of how many we haven't caught?
    Napolitano, apparently has been in Washington long enough now to loose her grasp of reality. Meanwhile back in the real world, drugs, people, and possilbly a dirty bomb are making there way here.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  66. ronnnie

    No we should not use drones, we should use Zombies if we can find enough, maybe there are enough on Capitol Hill to get the job done.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  67. Joe

    Drones should be on the border with Mexico, and no longer should we allow imports from this country, and then perhaps the richest man in the world (Mexico) will will decide to fix Mexico's internal problems.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    March 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  68. Reynard

    Why not have our military protect the areas in question? Oh yeah they are over seas protecting our intrests. so I guess drones are a good idea...unless you are going to tell me that it will cost billions. In that case... the right to bear arms may come in handy....

    RDH Louisiana

    March 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  69. Ike

    As a native Texan it is clear Gov Perry has failed in his efforts to protect Texans and our border. He decries the gov't on one hand with talk of cecession, then asks for gov't help on the other.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  70. Andy

    Why not use drones on the border?? They're making policy now, so let's put the "drones" to work actually enforcing them. It might actually force them to come to their senses.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  71. Mary Marble

    Why go to trouble and spend so much money "protecting" the border when we have tolerated millions of illegal immigrants who made it into this country. We even give them entitlements benefits. What does "illegal" even mean anymore??

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  72. gary

    why not bring home all our troops in non war countrys to take care of the border problem seems to easy

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  73. Deborah Ballweg Seibert, co

    Unarmed drones are better than nothing but armed troops are better. Our government needs to stop "playing nice" with drug cartels and gangs. It's time we took control of our borders and if Mexicans don't like it, they can go home.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  74. Thomas in Tampa, Fl

    Jack the protection of our border has nothing to do with my people of Mexico, bad guys like terrorists and drug dealer should never try to get in therefore, we should protect ourselves @ any cost.
    Thomas in Tampa, FL

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  75. Mark Smith

    Jack, To what end would drones serve except to cost the American taxpayer more money. How would a drone stop anything?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  76. William Ataraxton

    The president is more worried about the outcome of the NCAA tournaments. Why not just put a line of scarecrows down at the border. That is about as much as needs to be reported with securing the Mexican Border.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  77. jim

    Since Texas wants to secede from the United States why would we send troops or equipment there. Governor Perry and his people will have to fight their own battles once they leave so they might as well start doing it now.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  78. MikeK

    There are no jobs here, so the only Mexicans coming here are carrying marijuana. So legalize it and they'll stop coming across the border.

    The call for drones will benefit only the Military Industrial Complex.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  79. John

    Maybe the drone at the head of the DHS should patrol personally instead of standing behind more reviews.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  80. walter baltimore

    how dumb is the (usa) we spend money we don't have. we close military bases. How about this. Open a Military base, near the boarder. I think this just might stop the boarder crossing and give a message we may come.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  81. Scott LaFever

    Drones, tanks, bazookas, troops, you name it we should be using it. What is it going to take for our leaders to actually protect OUR county?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  82. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    Living in Phoenix, Arizona, I say....Hell yes drones should be placed along the border! Along with that, all politicians who are for open borders or who are against properly securing our borders with Mexico should be forced to live and work in one of these border towns like El Paso, etc. These politicians are the problem and are not at all a part of a solution that is in the best interest of the USA.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  83. Pete

    You mentioned murders and drug cartel. What about the illegals here taking our work and driving wages down, helping to worsen our economic problems. Have we forgotten about this or does our country and I guess your blog just not care?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  84. Terry

    I would vote "yes" to have the drones monitor the border. It's way past time we up the level of security we have and use. We should go even further and consider closing those borders where violence is high and force Mexico to step it up about 10 notches in thier efforts to control the violence in thier country. We should also encourage Americans to boycott Mexico until order has been established.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  85. Kenny

    They are fighting for control of America's drug habit.Drugs to the US and Guns for killing Americans back to Mexico.Stop being so high and mighty and take some(Half) the blame.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  86. Dave

    Drones are great ! But if you don't have the backup to finish the job they are not going to be fully effective. Like helicopters, Border Patrol Officers, w/ horses to round them up so they don't get away.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  87. emma texas

    rick perry didn't need stimulus help from gov. to help the people so why should the gov. help secure the borders for him.. he wants help for the state but he doesnt want to help the people of the state.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  88. Karl from SF, CA

    I think you have confused apples and oranges. First, Secretary Napolitano doesn’t want to waste our tax dollars on a surveillance system that doesn’t work, or we will be asking why didn’t she wait to find out if it will work or not. Second, watching the border has nothing to do with stopping the violence in downtown Juarez, Tijuana or anywhere else away from the border on either side. Drones sound like a good idea, but how far apart will manned stations be that can handle any situation the drones identify. The entire system needs to be coordinated to work properly.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  89. pat evans

    Yes, drones should be used! And they should be armed with bombs and missles, just like they are in Pakistan & Afganistan! Not to kill anyone, mind you. But fire a couple shots across their bow, within sight and earshot of the Mexican cities, and it will give some of these people some pause! Or maybe enough incentive to stay on that side of the border! Pat Evans Reno, NV.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  90. Patty Carr

    No, the US should not send drones to the Texas border for a governor who has expressed interest in seceeding from the union.
    Middletown OH

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  91. Jason

    Yes, absolutely. Building a fence is never going to stop border crossings. Having a eye in the sky which can track and direct border patrol is the only way to catch illegals.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  92. Marcus A Nevacoff

    Drones on the border YES! And arm them too. Then declare a the Border Closed both ways.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  93. Jason

    Drones should be used along the mexican border. We should allow drones, military and border security to shoot at sight when people are crossing into our country illegally. This way it will deter illegals and criminals from entering.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  94. David Arthur

    Jack- I foresee the day (sooner than later) when drones are used for police patrols in every major urban centre , for traffic and crowd surveillance and control . So why not patrol the borders ? Probably cheaper and more effective than building fences .

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  95. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – The focus here is on tactics, whereas the problem of the border is strategic. The border is too long and too featureless to actually secure in practice. Ask any security expert, say, a guy who builds prisons. The causes of our border problems are two fold – an insane immigration policy and an insane drug policy. We are not able to "fix" Mexico's poverty, government corruption, and feudal land tenure. We can end illegal immigration by increasing legal work visas to meet demand and managing worker data better to stop employment of those without visas. This soiution is about the border but not at the border. The same for drugs. Legalize marijuana and all the money goes away, all the gun battles stop, and so does the corruption of law enforcement both here and there. There never was a valid reason for marijuana prohibition, anyway – it was a scam from the start. Time to end it. There's your answer – if there is nothing to smuggle, there is no need to watch the border for smugglers!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  96. Jerry in Dallas

    That's just silly and, worse yet, irresponsible. Once again, Americans take no responsibility for anything. Have we forgotten that its the insatiable desire for cocaine and other drugs in America by Americans that is responsible for the drug trade? A better idea is to round up American citizens involved in the drug trade with Mexico and ship them to Mexico for trial and prison. We extradite Mexican citizens to the US so why not send US citizens to Mexico? The prospect of time in a Mexican prison will do more than anything to stop this violent, illicit drug trade.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  97. Brad

    Hey Jack,
    O.K. This one is a no-brainer–even for our elected officials; of'course we should depoy UAVs or whatever is necessary to protect our own borders. Have they read the Constitution?

    Ever hopeful,
    Bellbrook, OH

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  98. jim williams

    this is perhaps the most effective deterent to criminal activety seen in many years. In this case it should be used even to the point of using its weapons in the same manner as has been used against the taliban. There are, as you know, many people in the world that want to hurt us in as many places as is possible. Is it us or them?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  99. Mary

    What's the use of deploying unarmed drones? Why not just save the money and fly kites along the border. They would be much cheaper and just as visible. As soon as the Mexicans know the drones are unarmed, they will be of no more use than the kites would be.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  100. P A Blocker

    Drones to patrol the US borders with Mexico seems like a good start solution. Napolitano wants to review, this person cannot think, let alone review anything, how many times has she inserted her foot in her empty hollow mouth. She's a disgrace to her position.....

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  101. Dr. richard

    With an idiot like Rick Perry and other wacky Texans that want secede from the United States and sound like they oppose everything we need to do to improve the state if our country. I vote that we erect a border fence around Texas and let the Mexicans have it back!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  102. Don Bewley

    Drones absolutely should be used to patrol the Mexico/US border. No review required. We know they work and we already know the cost involved. Why are they not already doing it?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Diane Randall

    If we could get Homeland Security to tighten up on border issues maybe we could afford Healthcare in America. I agree to any process that lowers the illegals and violence from coming into our country. HELP!!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  104. Don Ritchie

    If Texas wants drones, then why doesn't Texas buy drones? Yes, the federal government has responsibilities for the border; No, the federal government doesn't have to pay for every toy Texas wants. Sorry about the violence, it's not my problem. Texas is the first benefactor of Mexican trade. Pay for it.

    For as state as crazy about the Second Amendment and States' Rights, one would think they would understand the meaning of the phrase, "well-regulated miliita."

    Don in Louisiana

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  105. Bill

    No, let's tell Gov Perry to make good on his promise and leave the union. He can fight his own battles

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  106. Christopher Gordon

    With the crime rate climbing and nothing stopping it from the Mexico side, The use of UAB's is a must! If anything it will slowdown drug trafficing entering in the U.S. I lived in El Paso for most of my life and it is not worth moving back do to the death count. These people will stop at nothing. The more eyes at the border the better!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  107. Angela

    No. First illegal immigrants take our jobs and now unmanned drones. Give the job to real people. American people.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  108. Chuck C. Loveland, CO

    Drones sure -- along with Blackhawk copters and Marines! Mexico has turned into a carbon copy of Somalia, no effective government just chaos, murder and anarchy. Oh yeah-sure I'll send my son down to Daytona Beach on spring break ..at least he won't end up with his head separated from his body!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  109. Jimenez Sameul AZ

    What do drones do that armed patrol federales dont?Hire more federales, I say, create those jobs for now. Until Immigration Issues are taken seriously these issues all feel like temporary solutions. Juarez is still the best place to get a haircut and meal

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  110. Matt Ford

    Drones patrolling the border with Mexico would be great Jack but only if they were supplemented with armed National Guard troops and additional Border Contol agents along that same border to apprehend them.

    After all, what good is being able to see illegals cross the border if you don't have a plan to intercept them.

    By the way, whatever happened to the fence our government was supposed to complete?

    Matt Ford
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  111. Carlos

    Yes, use drones, but more! Use lethal force to stop illegals from entering our country. My family is hispanic and we are looked down on because of what the illegals to the south are doing , coming into this country and stealing services from deserving U.S. citizens including myself. We are beginning to hate hispanics from south of the border because they want what they don't pay for, we pay for it and they assume it's theirs. It's breaking our country !!! Use LETHAL force to stop them!!! THEY are going to start a war in this country, because the government here does little to stop (STOP) them. My family should not be subject to verbal abuse because of what the ILLEGALS do, and get away with.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  112. Michael Gerard

    Why? What does the US flying un-armed drones over the US -Mexico border have to do with the violence taking place in Mexico among drug cartels and those who get in their way? In fact, what does Mexican-US immigration and border control have to do with the Mexican Drug cartels? It's very disingenuous of you, Jack, to deliberately confuse the issuess in the minds of CNN viewers. The drug cartels are not dettered from broders crossings by walls, or troops or threats or laws... they have the means to enter the US any time they wish. So what your question comes down to – and has nothing to do with drug trafficking – is "should the US use unarmed drones to watch the US border and assaist in border control?" Well, sure I guess – if it's cost effective and accomplishes something. But don't think for a minute that unarmed drones will save a single life (US or otherwise) from the carnage of drug cartel violence.

    Chagrin Falls, OH

    March 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  113. Bettina

    Drones will not do him any good, except to do a census count on how many are crossing the border. We don't need a count, we need to find a way to make them want to stay at home. So drones IS NOT THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM! And is a wait of our tax money.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  114. Wayne Shover

    Absolutely, use any means to stop the drug flow that comes in with the illegals. Pull the troops out of Iraq and use them on the border.
    After all, are they not the National Guard? Peanuts all around us but congress cant see the elephant sitting on the economy.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  115. A.Mackenzie

    Drones watching the border? My last choice as we have enough drones involved with deciding the policies at the border. Whereas the Mexican army runs up and down the border along the south side, and quite often on the north side, my first choice is to shut off all drug access along the land routes into the USA. Do as Mexico does, and put our army along the border, armed against druggies, and not put them in prison if they shoot a drug runner in the arse. We have enough cameras (as you tube readily demonstrates) watching border crossers. They wave, but continue to pass them by.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  116. jt carson city

    Jack : Drones should b used ANYWHERE there is a threat to United States Citizens
    world wide !!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  117. barbara halajian

    I have lived in mexico for 8 winters. the suggestion of drones is appalling to me. telling americans not to go to mexico because of problems in juarez or acapulco is as dumb as telling folks not to come to the u.s. because some people were shot in tucson and new york. i was both offended and scared by our own homeland security agents last time i re entered the u.s i am a single woman and travel alone with dogs and have never had a problem in mexico.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  118. James Pankey

    Re: Drones watching the border. The only ones that should be allowed are the striker or armed drones with a controller with permission to use force to stop the flow of illegals and/or drugs. The drones would be useless without the enforcement personnel to back them up. Without the necessary personnel to enforce what the drone sees the drone would just be another appeasement act on our govts. part to make it appear they were attempting to control the border. You will notice the fence was never completed and is no longer discussed.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  119. George

    Yes, the loss of 4000 Americans calls for protection from further killings. Plus it would help with the countless illegal border crossings that cause thousands of or millions of American job losses or no opportunities!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  120. Janis Borden

    We live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We know of many North Americans who live here illegally!!!! Do a show on them! How many Mexicans are killed in the U.S. each day? We feel safer living here than in many places in the U.S. It is interesting how the warnings about travelling in Mexico come at spring break time. That's OK. We don't like all the drunk, annoying, ill mannered American kids down here anyway. They are embarrassing. Please don't use my name as we don't want to lose our Medicare benefits that we have paid dearly for. We have to go back to the U.S. to use our Medicare because it does not cover us down here even though medical is much cheaper here because it is not run by the government.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  121. Raul

    I do think that the drones should patrol, along with any other to make the border safer. I want to comment more about what Jack said about americans spending money vacationing in mexico, so as to protest against the violence. In my opinion, what americans should concentrate is on the incredible amount of drug use in the US, and how that is also part of the problem. I would say, the major reason for the increasing violence in border towns. Why wouldnt there be drug cartels, they have a huge market....

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  122. Ann Brown

    Well, it's about time somebody talks about this border crisis. All the news programs seem to be on Mexico's side. What does it take to get this government to do anything about the hell hole in these border states? Nobody has any idea what has slithered across the border and set up shop here. Close the entire border till Mexico gets its act together.

    Thanks Jack.

    Ann from PA

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  123. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Absolutely! We should use every tool at our disposal to secure our borders and protect our citizens and border patrol agents. The drug cartels are using military weapons and tactics to kill thousands of people and the U S, as a sovereign nation , can and should use whatever means necessary to protect our borders. The virtual fence and actual fence is not a smart way to monitor or secure our borders. We have the technology in Drones to be a heck of a lot more efficient and effective, so why not? And I would arm them to boot!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  124. Chad from Los Angeles

    Sure... But why not put a 20 foot high reinforced wall first... Then see how many still cross? We may not even need drones if other means can stop the invasions.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  125. Nancy

    If the Drones perform anything like Napalitano, it would be a total failure. Someone should have done a study on Napolitano before appointing her to a Homeland Security position. She is too easy on illegal immigration and leans so far to the left, they probably have to prop her up so she won't topple over...

    March 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  126. Joe

    Yes. But they shoud be armed.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  127. Matt CO

    This problem is one that can be solved without spending a dime. 60% of drug cartel money comes from marijuana. A substance that is decriminalized in California, stop this ridiculous war on marijuana, stop the killing and increasing the economy of California by 1 billion dollars. To think that 7000 people died along the border in Mexico in January alone. Deaths over a substance that is up for a legalization vote in California this November. What a shame, I can tell you the number of marijuana deaths in January for the whole World……0

    March 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  128. Doc LeDuc

    I thought what we were implementing already WAS drone patrol.

    It's an incredible day when we build a wall years after hailing the fall of the Iron Curtain and yet government and contractor failures to procure the best current technology tbefore it becomes obsolete enough to fall into question in the first place.

    ...or at least this seems to be the defense that Nepolitano is using to justify her actions to "review" the border security problem as it boils onto and over the border! What's to review for God's sake!!?

    To answer the question at hand, in turn, I'd only support the drones if they were armed enough to outgun the cartels that will try to shoot them down first. How sad this is.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  129. Jose

    I live in south Texas were they build a wall at about 5 million dollars per mile and they are still coming over. Go ahead with the drones it's only more money spend and it will not work . And besides the cartels are not going to cross over and involve the U.S. in their fight.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  130. JPB84

    If using drones will get us to the long overdue and much needed comprehensive immigration reform faster, than I am all for it. Using drones appears to be an effective strategy. I believe increased funding and usage of unarmed predator drones should be implemented in some comprehensive immigration reform legislation. One of the key components to making that reform happen, is taking steps that address our national security and ensure the safety of our nation.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  131. Rene

    Drones or extending the border fence do not address the cause of the problem. Curving the appetite for illicit drugs in this country will. It always amazes me that it does not get the attention it deserves. Many innocent people on both sides of the border have died and will continue dieing as long the demand for illicit drugs continues. That is the root of the problem.

    Rene F.
    Bonita, California

    March 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  132. Marci Baverstok

    Drones are good, particularly equipped with 50 cal guns. I think we should fire when fired upon. Tucson, AZ

    March 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  133. John

    Yes, I see this as a war and that's how drones are used. Tell Secretary Janet Napolitano to forget the review and just do it.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  134. Harris from Orange, VA

    I think it's a great idea to have drones flying overhead along the border. However, you must look at the fact that it's gonna cost lots of money to keep them in the skies. Can we afford to do such when we have more serious issues going on within our own borders? If setting up a virtual fence is too costly, what makes you think that putting a plane in the sky is going to be that much cheaper. Oh, wait it's unmanned, so at least you wont have to pay a piolot.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  135. Ron Zielinski

    Jack, last fall, President Obama said during his visit to Mexico, "countries are no longer defined by their borders." That means drones along the Mexican border would be like drones along the Ohio and MIchigan border. I'm not making this up, Jack. We are in trouble. I think it's called the New World Order.


    East Tawas Michigan

    March 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  136. price

    As to using drones on the border .Yes Yes Yes before many more are killed.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  137. mike

    Sure take drones used to protect US soldiers and strike at terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan and move them to Texas to take photographs of killings south of the border with no actionable response available or to catch $4 hr migrants running for the border all at the request of Gov. Rick Perry who thinks Texas should sucede from the US. As for the fence unless you own Boeing stock its a big flop 1.4 Billion so far and it does not work !

    March 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  138. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    Only if they are outfitted with hellfire missiles or cluster bombs. I am so of the billions we spend on this catch and release garbage that is a complete failure at securing our border and accomplishes nothing but to allow greedy companies to pay slave wages. We need to adopt the Israeli government's approach to illegal immigration and watch the border seal itself.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  139. John Wildgen

    The caricicature of the unauthorized border crosser as either a maid or a leaf-blower technician is out of date. Today's border is a land of harsh terrain, harsh climate, hard drugs, and harder men. The border was hazardous; now it's lethal. Mexico used to be neighboring state. Now its a neighboring failed state.

    Covington, Louisiana

    March 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  140. Charlotte,NJ

    It is about time we protect our boarders.
    Thank you

    March 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  141. jim, tulsa

    jack, we should use drones, the army and every thing else we can if we really want to stop the flow of drugs and people across our borers. Our efforts so far have been a joke. Washington just doesn't get the message. Why ????? also think Duncan is right about the NCAA they and the college presidents have sold out the student-athlets to t.v. and big money. All colleges should be like the Ivy league and play on week ends and only let people in college that can pass a test and read and write.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  142. steve- virginia beach

    Absolutely. And predator drones could also be useful for taking back our southwestern national parks from the cartels who are nothing short of terorists. The cartels and other illegal aliens have done so much harm to our country and our citizens that we need to use every means at our disposal that could reasonably be expected to be effective to put a stop to these lawless and destructive people. We should know by now that Mexico isn't going to do it.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  143. Skip (Houston, Texas)

    Jack, we patrol the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan with our drones operated in large part from the continental US why not patrol our own boarders? If we can’t monitor and protect our own country from invaders what’s to suggest we can do so in Iraq and Afghanistan thousands of miles away? My only suggested change, equip the US Customs and Boarder Protection drones with air launched weapons (like the US government) and authorization them to launch when there is a clear and present danger; watch the north bound Mexican foot traffic come to a grinding halt. Better to beg for forgiveness than clean up the bodies our our US citizens in our streets from the Mexican drug cartels; its coming, stand by ….

    Houston, Texas

    March 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  144. gunny

    Yes, armed! I spent 25 years protecting borders all over the world except ours! That's what the American citizens get form their taxes.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  145. EugeneWiese

    Drones should be used on the drug cartels. Gene

    March 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  146. justin carter

    Jack I think it is very clear from the various responses from Isreal, that they are not interested in peace with its neighbors. All they want is to wage a war to its neighbors and accuse other countries like Iran of its nuclear program, of a threat to its existance. While the united states continues provide this country a lot of money and military support. whiles pressing on to the other countries, which is not fair. I belief Israel will not accept peace in region and the will continue take Arab land for nothing, I belief one day it will be between the united states and Isreal, and Isreal will not listen any country including the united state

    March 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  147. Pamela Porter

    Yes, seems safe enough.

    I never like the fence idea, I believe it has been proven throughout history that fences and walls do not keep people out. The Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China.

    Austin, TX

    March 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  148. barbara

    drones? ridiculous! and telling americans not to go to mexico because of killings in juarez or acapulco? that is like telling people not to go to the u.s. because of shootings in new york and los angeles! i am a single woman and have traveled to mexico alone for eight winters in my own vehicle with my mexican adopted dogs. no problem. stop the hysteria!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  149. Mike O'Hanlon

    Of course we should have drones watching the border. We are being watched everywhere we go these days. Stores, public buildings. Why can't we watch the border also? Just makes sense. Mike O'Hanlon Omaha, Nebraska

    March 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  150. g

    ask nafta

    March 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  151. John Nates

    With all respect to the families of people that have been murdered down in Juarez recently, I urge you to check the facts you mention. Of the three recent deaths that happened in Juarez in relation to the U.S. Consulate, I wish to point out, that only one of the people murdered actually worked for the Consulate, her husband worked in El Paso, Texas, and the third man was working as a manager at a local Mexican plant. I guess the U.S. could help Mexico with the war on drugs by trying to reduce the amount of drugs consumed by Americans each year and by having tighter controls on arms so that they don't end up in the hands of Mexican criminals.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  152. ava

    Yes we should use drones to patrol our borders. Mexican citizens come here and get jobs. US citizens go to Mexico and get murdered.
    Time for us to get real.

    Ava M. B.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  153. PaulaBanksfromGA

    I guess like last year, you like hearing from your well educated folks, only my friens and myself are trhe ones who get the waiting in moderation. My relatives in Texas and Mexico already know the trouble lives on both sides of the border. They are already living with the Drug Cartel and gangs. The drone would just a exercise and waste of money.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  154. Bev

    I think we better let napolitano decide what is right.
    If Perry still wants to secede from the United States, then he won't need the drones. Maybe Mexico will take Texas over and he can fully enjoy what is going on there since he thinks we are so bad.
    Maybe he can take Rush, Beck, Palin, Bachman, Hannity, and their hate with him and the tea baggers will follow him too.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  155. Ricardo

    Absolutely! We should of had drones on the border years ago. It would be an enormous step towards the war on drugs. Over 80 percent of our illegal street drugs come through Mexico from other countries. Their government is a failure, it doesn't mean ours has to be also.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  156. Bob in Kansas City

    Why unarmed, put the missiles on them to send a message!!....

    March 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  157. David Sisters OR

    Correct me if I'm wrong Jack, but is this the same Gov. Perry of Texas who was talking about seceding from the union?? Seems to me they should do their own research and build their own dam* drones.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  158. Clarence of Illinois

    No drones.

    Reinstate the draft and after basic training, have everyone serve on border patrol duty for six months to a year covering the entire border lines north and south. This will also help eleviate some of the unemployment problem.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  159. David Gerstenfeld

    We already have drones; the Billion dollar + Boeing system.
    David, Las Vegas

    March 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  160. Nancy, Tennessee

    If I lived close to the border, I would not feel safe with the drones out patroling. One malfunction like the runaway Toyotas and armed drones might kill innocent Americans out in their yard having a barbeque. Computers are great, but I don't trust them that much in an unmanned armed flying machine.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  161. Scott

    People forget that having a standing army is illegal by The Constitution.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  162. Ryan

    Please use drones on the borders... and in order to fight illegals sneaking across our border then lets use someone who will actually do something for the cause like Lou Barletta!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  163. Richard

    Armed drones with someone willing to fire would be the best solution.
    Guess that isn't PC. Why can't we protect our borders?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  164. rich sottilaro nj

    Yes absolutely!!! I had that idea 1 year ago!! Why not and what about building a fence so many miles and use the video cameras and infrared to funnel these illegals into just pockets of the fence not covered. We wouldn't have to build a fence every square mile. But more importantly why is congress not addressing the illegals that have been here and send them back??? Illegal immigration Jack costs the border state of Texas alone 60 billion last year. That isn't chump change and that money could be used toward the people that pay taxes in that state!! It's outrageous that we allow these illegals into and stay in the country. If you have drug enforcement then we need illegal immigration enforcement that has teeth!! And I don't buy the lie that they work jobs Americans don't want to do!! Bull! With this financial collapse any tax paying American should be entitled to those jobs if they can't find work. As Billy Joel's charity states "charity begins at home"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send them back to Mexico!!


    March 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  165. Frank

    Gov Perry is a nut case. Best thing is for HIM to patrol the border. He can get all his looney like minded Republicans and march up and down the border all they want.

    And as far as this Texas is concerned, he can lead them into the Gulf of Mexico. They can keep walking until they reach Europe. They're so delusional they think man lived with dinosaurs, they can walk on water with the secessionist.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  166. Subhash

    US has used this to destroy / kill many innocent civilians in Afganistan ,it will be seen how they conduct themselves on the bordwer with Mexico.I hope sensibly.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  167. Michael

    The government will not really do anything to close the borders. The Latino vote is too important for reelection. If they close the borders they will lose that vote. Our officials do not care about the country as much as they care about themselves.

    As far as the drones, they should be armed and anything that moves in a predetermined no mans zone should be killed. This is our country, before all the extreme crime and corruption that occurs in Mexico is here we need to do something. We are not perfect and have many problems, but you can feel relatively safe when you walk down the street as long as you are not close to the border.

    I live in Phoenix and crossing the border is as simple as crossing the street. I have known of people who cross every weekend and never get caught. It is also funny that crime went down as the economy failed. Why? Because the people committing the crime stopped crossing the border since there was no work here.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  168. DMG

    Yes drones coupled with American soldiers. Second all illegal immigrants here working should be sent back to their respective country, due to breaking our law of immigration, with penalties of no return under any circumstances. Right now we sit with our pants down. If anyone can walk over the border with whatever they want. They can also walk over with chemical agent weapons, as well as weapons of mass destruction. Until we mind our business seriously we can't recover.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  169. Teresa

    Instead of spending money on Drones we should focus on living DRUG FREE. There would not be drug related killings across the border if the American people actualy became responsible and STOPPED consuming. Focus the millions of dollars that Drones will cost on education instead, maybe then we could keep our youth away from drugs. American need to start taking responibility for their actions. Also, this country was founded on imigrants, and today, they are still needed. If you don't believe it, just spend 10 hours picking tomatos in the fields at a rate of less than the national minimum wage per hour. Good Luck.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm |