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Congress failed to secure Southern border

Published: February 24, 2013

Here we go again. The president demands that Congress solve the illegal immigration problem and presents his solution for Congress' consideration (rightly recognizing that Congress has plenary power over immigration). Congress, as is its wont, will cuss and discuss the matter, stick a Band-Aid on the problem and never address the root issues. This is not something new.

In 1916, Pancho Villa and 500 of his men crossed the Mexican border and attacked the town of Columbus, N.M., in a night attack. Villa's men sacked and looted the town, taking guns and ammunition, and stole horses from the 13th Cavalry Division stationed there. He torched the town and killed 18 Americans. He also attacked several towns and ranches in New Mexico and Texas before fleeing back into Mexico. As a result, President Woodrow Wilson sent Gen. John Pershing and 10,000 soldiers into Mexico to capture or kill Villa, an effort that continued for more than a year, with little success, until we turned our attention to France in 1917. Ever since, Congress has failed to secure our southern border.

If we can't establish a defensible border between us and Mexico and the Caribbean Islands and stop the massive infusion of illegal aliens, Congress might just as well shut the doors and put out a sign saying, “Gone Fishin'.” Mark Twain called Congress that grand old asylum for the helpless and infirm. Consequently, I hold little hope that things will be different this time.

George E. Sneed, Oklahoma City


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