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John Cornyn -Views on Immigration and *Virtual Walls*

20 September 2006 at 11:13:36 PM

Picked out a few parts of his proxy speaking for him in Waxahachie.

Cubriel said Cornyn supports the creation and institution of a worker verification card that would contain biometric information (such as a 10-point fingerprint or retinal identification) in addition to normal information. The inclusion of biometrics on the card is to make the card more difficult to forge and thus remove an excuse of employers who plead ignorance when confronted by authorities about their hiring practices, Cubriel said, noting that of the forms of identification that verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States, many can be forged and either given to or created by employers.

Pffttt! Real ID. Don't forget Cornyn also wants to COLLECT YOUR DNA

On the issue of border security, Cubriel said Cornyn supports increasing the number of border patrol agents and the use of technology along the border. Citing the usage of electronic perimeter monitors by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Cubriel said the senator would prefer to see a “virtual” wall instead of a physical one, adding, “If our military can use it over in Afghanistan, why can’t we use it here?” She said the senator supports the concept of the construction of a wall, regardless of the type.

Virtual Walls?

MR. GREEN:  Is this commensurate with fencing along the Southwest border?


            MR. MCHALE:  The answer is yes.  Sometimes the barrier more closely resembles a wall.  Typically the barrier is about 15 feet tall.  Sometimes it looks like a wall; in certain areas it might be something a little less substantial, but still a very hefty barrier, such as reinforced fencing.


            In addition, we have vehicle barriers, which are barriers that are put perpendicularly into the ground, embedded in cement, so that vehicles are unable to proceed beyond that point or they're stopped by the vehicle barriers.  We're putting in improved roads so that when we detect illegal movement across the border, the Border Patrol, on a road that we in DOD might have built for them, can quickly deploy to the site and interdict those who have come across the border.


            So the barriers typically involve vehicle barriers; what DHS calls virtual walls, where we have extensive TV cameras and other movement sensors that are placed along the border; and fencing that may well range from a reinforced fence of the type that we would all recognize to a wall that would be very a substantial and, unfortunately, very expensive barrier to pedestrian movement.

P.S. What IS this if it is NOT militarizing the border.

MR. MCHALE:  Along the Southwest border, we have, since 1989, used military forces very heavily with congressional authority to interdict the movement of narcotics across the Mexico-U.S. border.  We also obviously, in addition to the counternarcotics role in the Southwest, have a concern, now reflected in our supporting role to the Border Patrol, with regard to massive numbers of cross-border movement of illegal aliens.  And so on the Southwest border the challenge is really to illegal immigration and narcotics flow.


            Along the Canadian border -- where we had a mission last year, for instance, Operation Winter Freeze -- while there is illegal cross-border movement related to narcotics and illegal immigration, the primary focus from a DOD standpoint along the northern border has been counterterrorism; our concern that terrorists would cross from Canada into the United States, bringing with them perhaps very substantial weapons.  And so we have had DOD missions supporting the Border Patrol, coordinated with our Canadian friends, to improve our ability to identify and interdict terrorist movement.


            So in the north there is a very heavy focus on counterterrorism activity.  In the Southwest, the focus for many decades has been counternarcotics and now, the more recent mission assigned by the president, support to the Department of Homeland Security to help that department achieve its control of the border in terms of illegal immigration.


            MR. GREEN:  Anything you want to add, Mr. Secretary?


            MR. MCHALE:  No, I'd simply emphasize that we're not militarizing the border.

Yes. You are

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