Complete the Danged Fence!

Via Fox News:   Sophisticated tunnels show border security driving criminals underground

"Tunnels are definitely the new paradigm for smuggling organizations who have to adjust to the constriction caused by border security strategies and the residual circumstances of a chaotic border," said Victor Manjarrez, associate director of the National Center for Border Security & Immigration at the University of Texas-El Paso.


Since 1990, more than 140 tunnels have been discovered mostly on the southwest border of the United States, according to a 2012 Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General report, with an 80 percent increase in tunnel activity occurring since 2008.

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  1. C. Clavin says:

    It seems to me there was one other time when people interested in limiting the freedom of others built a fence…and those seeking freedom tunneled under it.
    Where was that?

  2. C. Clavin says:

    Oh yeah…Berlin.

  3. mantis says:

    Just wait until they discover ladders.

  4. Franklin says:

    How about big catapults and parachutes?

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    more than 140 tunnels have been discovered mostly on the southwest border of the United States,

    I wonder why they never dig any tunnels on the Southeast border?

  6. Tyrell says:

    Secretary Hagel should send troops to help guard the borders of our country . Instead he threatens to send them down to southern states to intimidate and bully our own citizens.

  7. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @C. Clavin: Good god, you’re stupid.

    The Berlin Wall was to keep people IN.

    The theoretical southern fence would keep people OUT.

    Your mother’s white picket fence? It’s just another prison wall, right? And the barriers around the White House — good God, we’re treating Obama like a slave!