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US Government trying stem tide of immigration - literally:

 1 Inhopelessguy, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:16:26 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
link.

The US government is putting a fence in the ocean to separate Tijuna, from California.

The fence extends about 90 metres into the surf, and is 5.4 metres high, costing $4.3mn.

The article suggests there's already a 22-kilometre long fence in place already, or something along those lines.

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 2 USAF713, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:19:02 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
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I am now known as Flyboy.
 3 Aceof Spades, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:19:38 PM from The Wild Blue Yonder Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
A 22 kilometer fence that has been grafitied, no less. Yeah, this isn't really going to do much besides make pointless busy work for folks. This will not actually decrease the level of illegal immigration.

Improving conditions and job opportunities in Mexico will stem illegal immigration. But I'm not sure we can do anything about that.
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Legalizing more immigration will decrease the level of illegal immigration.

But I'm not sure people care about that.
Except for 4/1/2011. That day lingers in my memory like...metaphor here...I should go.
 5 Inhopelessguy, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:26:24 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
I'm no geographer (or whatever the field is), but... building this thing seems ecologically ... bad.

Tidal barriers for civilian purposes are terrible for ecology on beaches and in the waters...

This is a metal fence, however, not a thick concrete slab. This is going to mess that ecology up like hell.

edited 17th Dec '11 2:26:37 PM by Inhopelessguy

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 6 Drunk Girlfriend, Sat, 17th Dec '11 3:18:52 PM from Castle Geekhaven
Well, at least it's pointless busy work. It's not going to stem the tide of illegal immigration at all, but at least there's going to be work for people until it's done.
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 7 feotakahari, Sat, 17th Dec '11 3:32:31 PM from Looking out at the city
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Well, at least it's pointless busy work. It's not going to stem the tide of illegal immigration at all, but at least there's going to be work for illegal immigrants until it's done.

Sometimes, the anti-immigration crowd reminds me of the anti-piracy crowd: they know full well they're not capable of fixing the problem, so they make a show of creating stricter and stricter security measures that fail to inconvenience anyone other than law-abiding citizens.
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 8 Drunk Girlfriend, Sat, 17th Dec '11 3:40:25 PM from Castle Geekhaven
@Feo: I'm pretty sure that if they hired illegal immigrants to build a fence to keep the immigrants out, the media will go apeshit.
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 9 USAF713, Sat, 17th Dec '11 4:00:20 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Nah, we could (and should) stop illegal immigration.

The oligarchy of Mexico doesn't fall until we do, so goddammit, do it.
I am now known as Flyboy.
so basically, now we're so worried about immigrants that we hope local fishing and tourist industries dont notice when we drive them out of business.

edited 17th Dec '11 5:11:12 PM by Midgetsnowman

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 11 nightwyrm zero, Sat, 17th Dec '11 5:23:06 PM Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
[up] The people in those industries are probably illegals anyways.

facepalm at the Thread

edited 17th Dec '11 5:26:23 PM by nightwyrm_zero

 12 Aceof Spades, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:32:51 PM from The Wild Blue Yonder Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
USAF; Mexicans leave Mexico because Mexico has a distinct lack of chances to succeed in life compared to the US, which is why they come here in the first place. Helping Mexico's status improve will help stem the tide of Mexicans coming here. Also, Mexico is not the only place they're coming from, it's just that a lot of South Americans take a path through Mexico. But they likely have other paths to take to come here, which makes the idea of fences out in the water even more ridiculous.
 13 Joesolo, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:33:39 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
[up][up] Only some. Usually in america, you need people that speak English for tour guides.

[up] Before this there were about 5 wood posts in the water out to 5 feet. Basically anyone could walk around.

Why they dont just build a guard tower w/ security agents, or just cameras, is beyond me.

edited 17th Dec '11 6:34:52 PM by Joesolo

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 14 Blixty Slycat, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:34:24 PM from Driving the Rad Hazard
|like a boss|
Uh....why?

This just seems like a cartoonish solution to the problem.
go ahead and do every stupid thing you can imagine
 15 Joesolo, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:36:34 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Yea. A out post would be much better.

It's probably just the fact they need something on the border, and this would get approval from congress more easily then extra funding for cameras and stuff
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 16 Inhopelessguy, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:39:20 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
Well, those cameras steal bits of your soul, remember! A good ol' fence didn't kill no souls!

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17 Blixty Slycat, Sat, 17th Dec '11 6:42:05 PM from Driving the Rad Hazard
|like a boss|
An enormous fence gets more funding than cameras?

Do we live in Toontown now?

I mean seriously, I've never been anti-immigration, but if you're going to try to stop it at least do something that might work.
go ahead and do every stupid thing you can imagine
 18 USAF713, Sat, 17th Dec '11 8:03:13 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
In my father's country—which is sadly now a Third World nation thanks to the tyrannical plutarchical fucks—they use illegal immigration as a distraction.

If the US really closed the border, there would be a revolution in Mexico within a month.
I am now known as Flyboy.
I don't get it. Why do something so self-destructive? Making enemies with everyone, and just stubbornly building walls (in this case, literally) to avoid a complex problem instead of trying to work with the reality of the situation. There has to be an exceptional cause to fight for, and I don't see such a legitimate reason here.

This is similar to what I just don't get about some bullies. They go as far as to hurt themselves just to bully someone. Why?
Now using Trivialis handle.
 20 USAF713, Sat, 17th Dec '11 8:23:56 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Believe me, the ultimate goal for me is freer immigration, but until we cut them off the plutarchs will have free reign in Mexico.

The War on Drugs is only half the problem.
I am now known as Flyboy.
 21 Blixty Slycat, Sat, 17th Dec '11 8:27:36 PM from Driving the Rad Hazard
|like a boss|
Well that's an opinion and I respect it, but this isn't the place to discuss immigration reform, IMO. My issue is with the utterly ludicrous methods being used here.
go ahead and do every stupid thing you can imagine
It's ridiculous, I agree, but it still has that attitude of not caring about any consequences just to be in denial mode against a problem.

What would this fence accomplish? It's costly and has side effects. And yet people try to force it, simply because of hatred against immigration.
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 23 USAF713, Sat, 17th Dec '11 8:30:44 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Yeah, this is stupid.

You can't shut it down with a wall. You shut it down with the US Military. At this point, with the cartels, we might consider it either way, in fact.
I am now known as Flyboy.
 24 Blixty Slycat, Sat, 17th Dec '11 8:31:56 PM from Driving the Rad Hazard
|like a boss|
Well see, putting a fence along the ocean is actually dumber than putting one along a land border.

At least a fence can sometimes keep out people on foot. But aren't most Columbian drug deliveries (which I think this is supposed to stop) done by plane?

edit: Noope that's wrong. I misremembered where the fence was being built.

edited 17th Dec '11 8:32:27 PM by BlixtySlycat

go ahead and do every stupid thing you can imagine
 25 Octo, Sat, 17th Dec '11 9:21:27 PM from Germany
Prince of Dorne
Legalizing more immigration will decrease the level of illegal immigration.

But I'm not sure people care about that.
Well, I would assume there's a reason current US immigration laws are as they are, and why they make such entries illegal...

Sometimes, the anti-immigration crowd reminds me of the anti-piracy crowd: they know full well they're not capable of fixing the problem, so they make a show of creating stricter and stricter security measures that fail to inconvenience anyone other than law-abiding citizens.
Well, it's not a binary problem, "solved" or "not solved". It's gradual: What can be done is to prevent as many people as possible to cross into one's territory illegally.
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