February 14th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
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Border fence a dividing line in immigration debate


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On CNN's "State of the Union," CNN host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country. King recently traveled to Arizona, to explore the debate over how to control illegal immigration.

SAN LUIS, Arizona (CNN)
- The Yuma desert is below: San Luis, Arizona, to one side and San Luis, Mexico, to the other. On this clear day, the Colorado River is glistening, birds playfully circling over what any map defines as the U.S.-Mexico border in this area.

But from a helicopter above, the border is a steel barrier that stands out along the riverbank and against the desert sands, and is the dividing line that gets the most attention from those crying to cross illegally and those who believe recent efforts to bolster U.S. border security have been riddled with wrong choices.

Just this past week, eight Democrats in Congress wrote President Obama urging him to halt any further construction of the fence, one of the many border- and immigration-related political debates that have carried over from the Bush administration.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Are we sure these walls are to keep someone OUT, not IN? The government of the "Democratic Republic of Germany" also claimed that THEIR wall was an "Anti Fashist Protection Wall" and we all know what THAT meant...

    February 14, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Tony

    obama again E-VERIFY so all illegal can get job with stimulus and corporation can get free ride ..this guy just care about illegal and spread welfare..this what liberal want too SCREW UP AMERICA

    February 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Truth Bomb Thrower

    By all means, Mr. President. Stop this wall and all other immigration law enforcement. If we actually have a secure border, how are all of the illegal aliens (aka Democratic Voters) going to get in this country, commit voter fraud for us, sell their drugs, and plunder our resources?

    (This issue is just another example of the Democrat's blatant incompetence and corruption. There's BILLIONS to buy condoms for the poor but not one cent for a secure border.)

    February 14, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. gina

    We need to start thinking bigger. It is time to stop funding the War on Drugs. The only argument for its perpetuation is misguided morality. The way some people equate "illegal" with "inhuman" is frightening. It is as if the words have no meaning, because it seems fairly obvious the problem is LEGALITY, and thus antiquated laws (prohibition and immigration). The wall is some serioua ineffectual spending the GOP can believe in. I think their next move will be to protest the existence of Gravity; maybe they will dust off their old "Just Say No" campain. Oh wait, they never gave up on that one. it really seems to be working out!!

    February 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. T in NV

    I wonder what that fence is doing to wildlife. Animals can't build sandbag bridges or use ladders like persistent mexicans.

    February 14, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. cocoatan247

    If only they had some marksmen posted on the wall too. that would drastically reduce the flow of immigrant trash from spilling into this country.
    But take notice people, this country was fine prior to the immigrant's arrival: we had jobs, money... but as soon as the banking industry decided to give them mortgages and NINJA loans (no income, no job approval) so that when they get deported & the bank forecloses get to keep the house for resale, now they are stuck with the surplus & need taxpayer citizens $ to flow the debt. Employers hired them to force down American wages & now our country has abundant debt. SEND THEM BACK & LET'S GET OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK!!

    February 15, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. gungle555@yahoo.com

    Why is the neo.cons worried about immigrants?it appears to me the gop is trying very hard to advoid talking about illegal immigration because they got burned twice,so the gop cant afford to tick off the latino cummunity anymore,you noticed how quiet the gop has been on this issue,but the gop cant keep the neo.cons quiet,because if they dont keep them quiet the gop will not ever win the senate or the house again

    February 16, 2009 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
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