John Stossel

"I don't know how anybody can't see that this stupid fence is a waste of money," says Drew Carey, the comedian and television host who recently woke up to the benefits of liberty and volunteered to host segments of Reason TV on the Web. He has a theory for why America has built a wall.

"Contractors get money from the politicians that they've donated to, and politicians get to say, 'I'm getting tough.'"

Politicians do like acting tough. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, wants the fence electrified. "We do that with livestock all the time," King says.

Need I point out that Mexicans are not livestock?

Which brings me to ask: If it's good to wall off America, why just one-third of the Mexican border? What about our northern border? Last year, more Middle Eastern nationals were caught crossing illegally from Canada than from Mexico. And if we were to wall off Canada, we'd still have miles of East- and West Coast beaches. Should we put machine guns there?

"Don't be silly. Nobody's ever suggested doing anything mean," former presidential candidate and congressman Duncan Hunter told me. He brags that he "built" the fence in San Diego. "I think the message is this, John, if you want to come into the United States, which has the biggest front door in the world, you gotta knock on the front door."

But, Drew Carey notes, America doesn't make it easy to knock.

"It's so hard to get a guest-worker permit. There's so many red-tape hoops you have to jump through. It's easier to sneak across the border. ... It should be: If you want a job, you can come here and work."

I agree. Most migrants do want to come here to work. They take jobs few Americans want to do. They pay taxes. Many become good citizens. We should make it easier for them to do that, legally.


John Stossel

John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network. He's the author of "No They Can't: Why Government Fails, but Individuals Succeed." To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at >johnstossel.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. ©Creators Syndicate