Dec 7, 2011

The Border: Even without Herman Cain's 'electrified' fence, the border is already lethal "Operation Gatekeeper... results in an average of one death per day along the southwest border. ... In Jan. 1994, a year after President Bill Clinton took office, the Border Patrol embarked on a strategy of “control through deterrence” that has proven deadly. ... The idea behind Operation Gatekeeper was to block traditional entry and smuggling routes with enforcement personnel and physical barriers.

Policymakers anticipated that the show of force would discourage migrants from entering without inspection. However, the assumptions proved wrong, as migrants began to traverse the border over more dangerous terrain and the use of unscrupulous smugglers surged. As the migrants moved to more dangerous, unfamiliar terrain, deaths more

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