Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fred Thompson on the border

Former Senator and actor Fred Thompson's (R-TN) guest stint on Paul Harvey's radio show, and a National Review Editorial shines some light on his views on border policy.

Recently, Thompson's name has been connected with a possible Presidential run. While my jury is still out on Thompson on the important issues, this is certainly a step in the right direction.

Fred Thompson to the Mexican Government:

hey guys, you’re our friends and neighbors and we love you but it’s time you had a little dose of reality. A sovereign nation loses that status if it cannot secure its own borders and we are going to do whatever is necessary to do so, although our policies won’t be as harsh as yours are along your southern border. And criticizing the U.S. for alternately doing too much and too little to stop your illegal activities is not going to set too well with Americans of good will who are trying to figure a way out of the mess that your and our open borders policy has already created.

My friends, it’s also time for a little introspection. Since we all agree that improving Mexico’s economy will help with the illegal-immigration problem, you might want to consider your own left-of -center policies. For example, nationalized industries are not known for enhancing economic growth. Just a thought. But here’s something even more to the point that you might want to think about: What does it say about the leadership of a country when that country’s economy and politics are dependent upon the exportation of its own citizens?

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