Archive for June, 2011

In part I of this series, I discussed how many people would be available to control the US-Mexican border, if the plan Newt Gingrich proposed in the Republican debate were to be implemented.  For those of you unwilling to click or just scroll down, that number is 55,450, but hereafter, I’ll just use 56,000.

So, how many people would it take to control the US-Mexico border?  First, I take Mr. Gingrich to mean, by “control the border”, to reduce the amount of illegal traffic in people and goods to negligible amounts.  So, how can we tell how many people it would take to do that? (more…)

In the CNN New Hampshire Republican Debate, Newt Gingrich said the following about illegal immigration and border security.

Just one last example. If you don’t want to use the National Guard, take — take half of the current Department of Homeland Security bureaucracy in Washington, transplant it to Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. You’ll have more than enough people to control the border.

This naturally leads to two questions.  How many people would that be? And would that be enough to control the border?  I’ll address the first question here, and the second in a separate post shortly.  (And a third question, is border control not a problem in California?) (more…)


Posted: June 24, 2011 in Meta

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