Because freedom can't protect itself
Carafano claims that the ACLU's position on border security does not reflect the criticism of those who live among the border states, but that's really, really...really incorrect.
Last summer, residents of Arivaca (a neighboring town to Tucson, AZ) were highly concerned about the potential invasion of their privacy after a 98-foot tower, equipped with long-range cameras, radar and night vision, had been erected on the outskirts of their town. Community members organized a protest which prompted two meetings with Border Patrol and Boeing officials.
Additionally, the City Councils of Eagle Pass and Laredo, Texas, have passed resolutions against the border fence.
Those are just two examples I can throw off the top of my head. What it comes down to is this: business leaders, farmers, elected officials, environmentalists, and many community members all across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are opposed to (and vocal about!) the federal government's faulty, draconian border security plans.
I could go on for a long, long time demonstrating that Carafano was wrong in asserting that "[the ACLU's] criticisms read like many of those who have never been to the border", but I have places to be.
Not to say that a New Yorker, as Dr. Carafano is, can't have some substantive things to say about a region of the U.S. that he is not a native of; but maybe he should hold off on yelling "outsider!", and instead pause to listen to what the border state residents are actually saying about this issue.
(Who is this Noam Biale, anyway?! He's brilliant.)
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