Congressional Democrats repeat the GOP mantra of "border security" even while opposing Donald Trump's fatuous $5 billion demand for a border wall.
Author and former border agent Francisco Cantu's impassioned article in the current New York Review of Books exposes the border security orthodoxy as fraudulent. Cantu details the U.S. crackdown on Latin American immigration dating back to the Clinton administration, which has resulted in brutality by U.S. agents, increased power of drug cartels and a massive loss of immigrant lives.
In an interview with the Guardian, Cantu said that the U.S. has "weaponized" the border. Under U.S. policy, immigrant lives are considered expendable and without value. Forced from cities, more and more immigrants have risked hazardous desert crossings, resulting in thousands of deaths.
The New York Review reprinted Cantu's introduction to a new edition of his book, "The Line Becomes a River," which recounted his increasing despair as a border agent. Cantu's article raises serious questions about why politicians scream for more "border security" after the expenditure of millions of dollars and the appalling loss of human life.
Rather than mindlessly calling for "border security," the new Democratic-controlled House should launch a full-scale investigation into the border situation and the failures of U.S. policy. A comprehensive immigration program is needed rather than calls for "a wall," which the GOP admits is a political metaphor rather than a real proposal.