Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"[T]he heart of President Bush's effort is the Secure Border Initiative. As with so many other pressing issues - from terrorism to oil dependency - the White House is turning to the military-industrial complex for a solution. The initiative is the Department of Homeland Security's plan to erect a 'virtual fence' of monitors, sensors, unmanned planes and communications to help border agents catch illegal immigrants crossing the southern border... To put military contractors, particularly Boeing, in charge of building the Secure Border Initiative is a recipe for disaster. But the issue of militarizing the border goes beyond questions of accountability. To craft truly effective, humane and 'comprehensive' immigration reform, the president will have to do a lot more than show up once in a while. He has to learn that the border is not a war zone, Mexicans are not combatants, and military contractors are not the solution."
"President Bush Needs to Treat the U.S.-Mexico Border As a Line Between Two Neighbors, Not a War Zone," The Albuquerque Tribune, Apr. 25, 2007