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Pemalite said:
sundin13 said:

I can't speak to Australia, but I've seen little evidence of any significant benefit to be gained by the type of border measures implemented by the American Right. There is significant value in improving our points of entry, because this is where the majority of contraband crosses the border, but the right doesn't really focus on this issue. 

If you stop people... You also tend to stop the trafficking of other illegal items/substances.

Every nation needs secure borders... It is about being safe for the countries citizens at the end of the day.

In order to "stop people", you would need to close the borders which would be disastrous policy. Even the Republicans wouldn't be so stupid. As previously stated, the majority of contraband enters the country not by people sneaking across the border, but by people entering legally at ports of entry. A fence isn't going to help you with that. What would help, is improving the technology available at ports of entry to be better able to detect hidden contraband. 

As for your comment about how every nation needs secure borders for the safety of the citizens, immigrants, both documented and undocumented, commit less violent crime that natural born citizens. If we want to act in the interest of safety, it would perhaps be best to deport the Americans and let the immigrants have the country. While there is certainly some criminality which crosses the border (as mentioned above), a fence is a pretty piss poor way of combatting it (as mentioned above).