Because freedom can't protect itself
Why would an American "civil liberties" group discuss an issue that doesn't seem to have much to do with civil liberties? Would you consider, perhaps, instead of arguing for the "civil liberties" (I'm sure you would somehow explain that they do, indeed, exist) of people trying to illegally enter our country you could defend the 2nd Amendment from extinction?
All this fence stuff is a bunch of crap. What is needed instead is good diplomacy, repeal and/or modifications in NAFTA to prohibit our subsidized agricultural megacorporations (Monsanto, etal) from dumping corn (especially GMO corn) on community markets. We need to help Mexico address its development issues, help them turn their economy around (using sustainable farming and recognizing that subsistence farming is not a dirty word), and make things better for the people there. If they could make a decent living - they would not come here for the most part. They are actually economic refugees.
My son-in-law runs a day-labor firm in the south, he says 90% of his workers come here, stay for about 3-4 years - or long enough to save up about $25,000 (in addition to sending money home) and then return to their country of origin. That sum of money is enough to build a nice house (their standards) and provide enough income for their family to live satisfactorily for the rest of their lives.
Man - we would be better off to just stand at the border and hand them the money - it would be cheaper and much more efficient than these stupid fences, the cost of the border patrol, the cost of the ICE and its raids and detention centers, etc etc etc.
What a concept! Stop the problem at its source instead of trying to criminalize it on the back end.
The process is conceptually simple, but mathematically complex. Imagine taking two overhead transparencies of your property. One has the various uses of your property drawn on it: well locations, lawn areas, cropland, wetlands, windbreaks, etc.
This website has a lot of great resources and treatment centers.
iu agree with esb. and in response to "lokywoky", what obligation do average americans have to help give money to mexican citizens? we already have enough to worry about oursevelse finacnially. fix/repeal nafta, cut subsidies, secure the border, and go after employers. the ACLU needs to stop, and stick to civil liberties (including that pesky 2nd amendment), not defending illegal immigrants.
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