All this talk of a wall going up along 700 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border is a shocking and tragic idea. I am all in favor of immigration reform of some kind, it would be nice if Congress could achieve a compromise that would respect the rights of Americans and the undocumented workers, alike. But a 700 mile fence?? Hasn't history taught us better?
The ninety-six mile Berlin Wall (top 2) and the ninety mile Israel Wall (beneath) are two of the most iconic images of tyranny the world has ever known. And now the U.S. House of Representatives wants to erect a concrete and barbwire eye sore along the Mexico border which--at an astonishing 700 miles--is long enough to stretch from Atlanta to Chicago!
As this imigration debate hits a fevered pitch it's obvious that this issue is an emotional one. But until cooler heads prevail, let's ask ourselves if we can't think of a more creative solution to the (illegal) immigration problem than to copy regimes like East Germany!?