Keeping out the Undesirables


Just so we don’t feel so alone in our xenophobic frenzy as we build the 700 miles of walls along our border with Mexico the Sensenbrenner bill mandates, Saudi Arabia is planning a 560-mile fence along its Iraq border.

What could be more American than emulating the Saudis?

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Michael founded BlogForArizona as the Howard Dean campaign blog for Arizona in 2003, and has been blogging ever since. Michael is an attorney living in Tucson with his wife Lauren Murata. In 2008, following some health issues and new time constraints, Michael stepped back from regular blogging and began remaking BlogForArizona into a collaborative project. Michael now contributes occasionally to the blog and provides editorial and publishing direction. Also if you want to keep up with the latest Arizona and National political news that Mike finds important, check out the BlogForArizona twitter feed, which he curates.


  1. Any public policy that is based primarily on fear, no matter how well-intended, will always result in a giant step in the wrong direction.

  2. The Fence would be built in populated areas only and technology would be used in the other two thirds on the 3,000 miles of Southern Border, as it is being used in Iraq today along its border with Jordan; UAV’S, Lighting, Sensors,Satellite,Signal Tech,Cameras, and most important of all Human Boots on the ground.

    The Northern Border must have the same “Smart Use” plans depending on topography.

    The ports must be upgraded with radar scanning devices that some local areas are now fighting, as we fought the installation of “Doplar Radar” in Tucson, because of cancer concerns.

    I have called for “Habitat Friendly” barriers to be built in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, similar to what has been used successfully at The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum to keep in the animals and keep out the people.

    In building a “Habitat Friendly” zone we can work with the Mexican Government on an approach from both sides of the border not just our side.

    I have contacted The Mexican Consulates to try to work out what needs to be done in The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area to make this a model of co-operation between The Government of Mexico and The United States.