Much of President George W. Bush's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night focused on terrorism, and much of the terrorism portion of the speech focused on border security.
Bush said he intends to increase border security, as he well should in response to our borders being penetrated by those wishing to do harm to our people, our nation and our way of life.
Increased security, though, is a mixed bag for the Imperial Valley.
Yes, an increase in security probably means more jobs in Imperial County, since we are on the border and have three ports of entry. We are long plagued by unemployment here and the prospect of more jobs, particularly well-paying, steady federal jobs, is wonderful.
More people working at and around the border also should mean fewer illegal immigrants dying in our deserts, waterways and highways. Imperial County has had more than its fill of that sadness.