McCain Touts Berlin Wall-Style U.S. Borders


Immigration reform is an issue that could be tackled in a number of ways by Federal lawmakers. And depending upon how much you trust government, you may or may not like an amendment to the current Senate immigration proposal being touted by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). He says the amendment would provide the U.S. with “the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

It also allows for a renewed push for amnesty for what would amount to about 16 million new Americans.

“The legislation concerning beefed up border security removes any validity to the argument that border security is not sufficient,” McCain said on CNN of the amendment from Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

The amendment, designed to warm conservative holdouts to the amnesty-laden Banda de los Ocho immigration proposal would, according to McCain, provide for 20,000 additional Border Patrol officers and 700 new miles of border fence.

“This is a border security measure which I think should suffice to satisfy any critic and it is a tough way forward and it is a way forward, a tough way forward so that we can resolve this and bring 11 million people out of the shadows,” McCain said.

Indeed, the measure made progress in the Senate Monday with a 62-27 vote — meaning 15 additional GOP lawmakers jumped on board with the proposal.

The promise of a heavily militarized boarder is contingent upon de facto amnesty for illegal aliens already in the Nation.

While the heavy-handed border proposal may seem like a good idea to many conservatives, reports of a border patrol checkpoint popping up more than 100 miles away from the southern border in recent years may make some civil libertarians uneasy.

In September 2011, former Representative Ron Paul discussed his concerns over exactly the sort of proposal McCain is now championing during a Presidential primary debate.

“The people that want big fences and guns, sure, we could secure the border,” the congressman noted. “A barbed wire fence with machine guns, that would do the trick. I don’t believe that is what America is all about.

“Every time you think about this toughness on the border and ID cards and REAL IDs, think it’s a penalty against the American people too. I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital and there’s capital controls and there’s people controls. Every time you think about the fence, think about the fences being used against us, keeping us in.”

Paul was criticized for his remarks by conservatives at the time. But revelations about National Security Administration spying, massive government ammo buys and the Internal Revenue Service being used to attack dissidents may have more people thinking like the retired lawmaker than ever before.

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  • Fixall

    It’s too bad that many Republicans are only thinking about getting votes for their next election. It really is time to think about Americans, and stop worrying where your next vote is coming from. If they keep this up, they will destroy the party.

    • rendarsmith

      Maybe they need to destroy the party so we can replace it with something better. Everybody pushes a falling fence.

      • Elevenarrows

        There already is something better…the Constitution Party. Unfortunately, too many Americans like to moan and groan about the supposed “two party system” and refuse to get on board with viable “third party” options. If all the disgruntled Republicans would align with the Constitution Party, great things could be done to stop the downward spiral in America. I seriously doubt if the disgruntled people have the moral courage to do so.

        • vicki

          There is also the Libertarian party. Wouldn’t it be nice to have those 2 as the “two party” system instead of what we have today :)

  • sysadminpgh

    Wrong! It’s about the Elite Republicans wanting cheap labor and more control over the masses. The Republican Elites want to punish the Tea Party and other Conservative groups for their evil (In their minds!) attempt to remove their power. They are more than willing to lose Millions of registered Republicans and democrats taking the House just to rid those groups. We need to let the Republican Party die! That will take down the Bush clan, McShame, Grahamesty, Rubio and the fat @ss from NJ. Then we create a new Conservative Pro-Business party. I know our State Republican office is all but begging Republicans not to leave. Their fear losing the Governor’s office.

    • caser4liberty

      And you are from what State?

      • podunk1

        state doesn’t matter! saysadm… hit the problem. Citizens can turn it around!

        Before we start killing one another in our own idiotic revolution, consider the facts that all citizens democrat and republican alike, who loved freedom and the chance to better one’s self need realize the enemy is within our government and we can recall one or all of their sorry rear ends!

        The first thing we must do is enforce oath of office to preserve and protect Constitution and law. Anyone who votes against citizens and freedom… and holds their hand over their heart on this Independence Day needs to be “BOO’D and shamed into hiding!

        Remember on the 4th = 12-2012 jobless = 25.8Million …12.5M on comp, 6.4M want a job, 6.9M scrubbed from the 12yr 1997/2008 avg workforce to population avg. BLS was based on 34.4hr/wk – @ 40 hr says another 25.2 million disappeared due to “underemployment”… real total up to 51 million! Joblessness costs $37,096 take home pay after 25% tax, plus $36,545 subsidy if same as illegal alien gets – total $73,641 each and $1.5 trillion per year @ 20 million! If replaced by criminal illegal alien & employer add $27,204 lost taxes, and government’s alien invader incentive subsidy $36,545 for $137,391 for every citizen replaced by a criminal alien invader. That’s $2.7 trillion per year – enough to financially destroy our country, beginning with hourly wage earner joblessness through anyone else who loved this country.

        It’s not about a fence from bedrock to the moon! It’s about officials mocking and desecrating oath of office. Arrest and and break any government employee or official who gives any aid to criminal alien invaders! Then charge criminal employers with every crime they commit beginning with IRS. Criminal invaders can either leave immediately or be arrested and sentenced to hard labor, beans, & water to build their damned fence!

        Make sure anyone who votes for amnesty is thrown out of office – don’t wait for an election – recall them NOW!

    • vicki

      Replacing evil with evil is still evil. If you really are liberal (Classical liberal not the pushy do it my way liberals of the Democrat party) there is but one choice. The party of principle. The Libertarian party.

  • dan

    Elite Repubs or Progressive Dems …

    they’re GLOBALIST as in Council of Foreign Relations and they’re bad news for AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY and self government

  • FreedomFighter

    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). He says the amendment would provide the U.S. with “the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

    Again J. McCain shows his political bent of elite stooge, The Berlin Wall was built to keep the population IN, and had the secondary job of keeping others out. To paint our border security as a “Militarized Berlin Wall” is ridiculous and ludicrous East Germany didn’t have 20-30 million illegal invaders crossing its border, drug runners, and Islamic Jihadists crossing at will. The Berlin Wall had hundreds if not thousands trying to escape communist totalitarian rule to seek freedom and liberty in the west, not millions of uneducated, non-assimilating foreign language speaking entitlement seekers and drug cartel gang members looking for a free ride.

    Senator John McCain you are despicable.

    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • William James Ward

      Considering what has already crossed the border it will be
      a long time cleaning out the Nation of all of the criminal
      and jihadist goons. We will be in for it or it may be to late
      and the Nation will break apart eventually. Americans may
      go out with a bang or a whimper, time will tell……….William

  • northbrook

    Time for McCain to retire

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    1,954 miles is the length of the border. He is talking 700 miles of border will be additional fenced of. So do the math. 650 miles done with about 300 miles of that being double fenced. 650 miles plus 700 miles equals 1350 miles. What about the other 600 miles?? Close our border, all of it as per 1986 law. Do your job or get out! UPHOLD THE LAW!! CLOSE OUR BORDERS! No amnesty until completely closed!

  • Wellarmed

    This fence is on par with the great wall of china. It is a farce that they are even considering it as some silver bullet that will make this issue of illegal immigration just go way. These people who have entered out country illegally have done so with the blessing of the 535 pieces of scum back in the District of Criminals.

    It is our policies towards Mexico, Central, and South America that drive this illegal migration. I am not attempting to dissolve responsibility for those who have entered our country legally (and simply overstayed their visas) or illegally. What I am trying to get at in a round about way is that our government has been working in collusion with the Mexican Government (of which the Cartels appear to be a branch) and any suggestion that our (US) Government wishes to resolve this epidemic is pure folly.

    Amnesty is simply an attempt to capture a new voting block, and Republican leadership attempted it long before Obama came into office. The only solution I see would be to issue 6 month work visas to everyone who is in our country illegally with the stipulation that those who do not come forward when the plan is implemented face serious jail time and certain deportation afterwards.

    What concerns me the most about all of this (illegal migration) is the lack of assimilation. That desire to meld into American culture is largely nonexistent. When I see their home countries flag flying in their yards ( East LA ) it speaks volumes to me that they are only loyal to their paycheck and home country. They will never be (loyal) to the founding principles of this nation and therefore are not worthy of applying for citizenship.

    If we as a nation wish not to address the root causes of this migration (NAFTA, GATT, CAFTA, WTO policies) then we will continue to ensure our own destruction no matter what “solutions” Washington attempts to implement.

  • JRR

    Any fence McCain is in favor of is to keep Americans in the country (and thus keep their assets in easy reach of the Feds), not to keep his beloved (mostly Mexican) illegals out.

  • real talk 1

    why don’t Arizona just throw MCcain out of office now this I do not understand he’s never been for Arizona conservative values throw this man out .

    • Don 2

      The people who voted for McCain are as dumb as New Yorkers(NYC). NYC has a anti-Constitution, anti-freedom, nanny mayor(Bloomberg) who is finally leaving after 3 terms. And who is currently in the lead for the vacant job? Yep, Anthony Weiner. If it wasn’t so pathetic and sick, it would be funny.

  • Average_Joe56
  • traveler

    Put up the wall now, even if it seems like a ‘Berlin wall’ type barrier, we can always take it down (partially at least) after things get back under control. Otherwise why even have laws. Do not even think of any consessions to illegals until the problem comes under control…

  • William James Ward

    The Border is so wide open that anyone, a blind man could cross and
    find a welfare office if he pleads to register as a Democrat, might even
    get a house loan, car loan, credit cards, free phone and a seeing eye
    dog if he is not killed by drug dealers and curses his fate for being stupid
    enough for coming here. McCain is a big a liar as they come and is part
    of the miserable Government scam we endure, luckily we all age and
    fail and then judged for our lives, good luck John, for the majority of
    law abiding Americans, it is time to evict and replace the bums stealing
    us blind…………………………..William