SAN DIEGO - The U.S. government is launching two new media campaigns to try to stop immigrants from attempting clandestine border crossings and trying to sneak children into the country in car trunks, engines and even gasoline tanks.
One ad unveiled Thursday shows a young girl gasping for air inside a car trunk while her mother bangs desperately on the lid as the vehicle sits snarled in traffic.
Others invoke images of a graveyard and a funeral procession.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced some of the ads Thursday at San Diego's San Ysidro border crossing, the nation's busiest.
The Spanish-language public service announcements call attention to what authorities say is the alarming practice of smugglers stuffing children into vehicle compartments that could become death traps.
This is a colossal waste of money. Why? Because our politicians have, for the most part, taken a position of all but condoning illegal immigration with their statements and policy.
Bush is getting ready to push for amnesty for illegal aliens in the country again. When businesses are found to be employing illegal immigrants they're only given a slap on the wrist. Banks openly offer services to people in this country illegally. And even when law enforcement takes the border-jumpers into custody they're often released back into public again with nothing more than a stern warning to show up in court again in a few months.
Meanwhile, these criminals live among us and enjoy the free health care, education and other services provided by our tax dollars.
In light of all of this, spending any money on ads "discouraging" illegal immigration seems ludicrous. If we want to discourage them, why don't we start by enforcing our immigration laws and removing the incentives that lure many of these people into illegal immigration?
Heck, given the ease and relative benefits of illegally immigrating right now I'm not so sure I wouldn't do it were I a Mexican.
Anyway, the measures I described above, coupled with an effort to make the legal immigration process easier, would go a long way toward solving the problem we're faced with now. Sadly, our politicians seem more interested in perpetuating the paradox that is our current system.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.