The portions crossing water will have to be broken up to allow debris to pass through: some barrier. The legislation stipulates that local governments will be consulted on the fencing’s “exact placement”—but, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Every single mayor from Brownsville to El Paso” thinks the fence is a bad idea.
Of President Bush’s preferred solution, a temporary guest-worker program, Phil Martin, an agricultural economist at UC Davis, repeated an old saw: “There’s nothing more permanent than temporary workers.” Employers make their investments under the assumption the migrants will continue to be available. When the temporary program is set to end, companies tell their congressmen, “We will go out of business without migrants.” Meanwhile the exporting country has come to rely on remittances these workers send home, and ending the program becomes a diplomatic issue.
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