The following two stories ran in early January, 2013.
JERUSALEM: The number of migrants crossing the border between Egypt and Israel dropped to zero last week for the first time since 2006, as construction of the last small sections of a 240-kilometre fence neared completion.
A total of 36 migrants crossed into Israel from Egypt in December, all of whom were detained, compared with 2295 in January last year. The numbers steadily declined throughout last year as construction of the vast steel fence through the desert from Eilat to the border with Gaza progressed.
Where do you suppose Israel got the money to build the security fence?
Last week, Israeli officials announced that 150 miles of security fencing along Israel’s border with Egypt has been completed, at a cost of $430 million.
The remaining 12 miles of fencing is expected to be completed by May, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry.
The border includes electronic surveillance equipment such as cameras and radar.
The Israeli government began construction on the fence in 2010, in an effort to stop Africans from entering the country illegally.
Considering that the U.S. government gave Israel $3.4 billion in 2011, alone and a total of $123 billion between 1949 and 2011, it is safe to say that we paid for their fence.
Here is a link to an Israeli government film describing the fence and its purpose.
I wanted to highlight these stories today due to the current immigration reform debate. The security fence should not be a bargaining chip in this debate whatsoever. It needs to be built right now and not even enter into the immigration debate.
Less than one-third of the nearly 2,000 mile long border has a fence. That’s kind of like plugging your bathtub with window screen. Doesn’t work so well. The left claims that even a completed fence may not work. From the leftist media branch of the White House, NBC News, comes this story – http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37387658/ns/us_news-immigration_a_nation_divided/t/fence-alone-cant-plug-porous-border/
They ask this question.
Of course partial fences just move the problem around! Was that a serious point? I think we have some solid evidence in the Israel-Egypt fence to conclude that it would indeed be effective if the entire length of the border is secured.