So I spent the afternoon in an unmarked Border Patrol vehicle driving along the US/Mexico, with a reporter friend and a BP agent. We didn't apprehend (or even see) any migrants, but saw four high-school kids dumb enough to drive into some of the most rugged landscape in Arizona and run out of gas (less than 10 miles from town, so it's not like they left with a full tank). The land down there is really rough, and the border is "protected" by 7-strand barbed wire fences with posts so old you could break them by leaning hard. It's easy to see why the job is so difficult.
This was a research jaunt for a novel I'm working on, in which I wrote: "When it came to immigration issues there were almost as many opinions as there were people to hold them, and anyone who claimed theirs was the absolute solution to the problem was lying, delusional, or both."
Which is true. I don't have the answers. I think opening the borders to Mexican workers would allow us to focus our prevention efforts on drug smugglers and the terrorists that the alarmists always tell us might sneak across the border. It would allow businesses hiring migrant labor to continue doing so, but would give us a way to know who is here. But the issue is incredibly complex, and that's just one approach. Given what I saw today, I don't think extending the wall will do the job either, unless there are also enough BP agents to station one every twenty feet or so.
It's beautiful country, though. I took a bunch of pictures, and may post one or two tomorrow.