The quixotic quest to equip the All-American Canal with lifelines for the benefit of smugglers and illegal crossers is projected to cost nearly a quarter million dollars, according to this newspaper's account. What happened to all the talk about financing this "marvelous pursuit" with private donations?
Spending even $1 of public money on this scheme is an outrage. It opposes the mission of every federal agency engaged in protecting, defending and preserving the integrity of our national boundary. It is especially insulting to the men and women of the United States Border Patrol who are tasked with the most difficult aspect of this effort, guarding 2,200 miles of open border.
The All-American Canal is both the de facto border and a helpful barrier that assists the USBP in stemming the twin tides of drugs and illegal immigrants flooding this country. It would be an egregious betrayal of common sense and national self-interest to deliberately breach it. However, a mindless enterprise, to aid and abet the very people the USBP and other law enforcement agencies are battling against, is under way and will accomplish exactly that.