AUSTIN, Texas – If I’ve learned anything studying and reporting about illegal immigration for 15 years, it’s this:
Champions of illegal immigration who don’t like a given new border-control measure will claim they never work. But when the activists really know – deep in their guts – that the idea will actually work too well, they’ll hard-charge political, propaganda and court campaigns to kill it.
Case in point: Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new floating marine barrier.
Last month, Texas spent $1 million to lay the first thousand feet of the bright orange floating buoys, nets weighted to the river floor, on a high-traffic stretch of Rio Grande in Eagle Pass with plans to keep extending it for miles as necessary.
Of course, they know that’s not true: The wall and water barrier are extremely effective, and that’s why they must stop it.