Norway Builds Fence to Stem Refugee Tide; U.S. Enters Second Decade of Ignoring Legislation that Mandates Fence

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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September 7, 2016

Protecting the border and defending national sovereignty is a concept that has increasing global appeal. As the worldwide refugee crisis accelerates, more nations – including some that pride themselves on their willingness to accept migrants – have announced plans to secure their borders.

Norway gets serious about deterring refugees.

The New York Times recently published a Reuters report that Norway will erect a steel fence and install a new gate at a remote Arctic border post it shares with Russia. The Norwegian government announced that the fence, estimated to be 660 feet long and 11 feet high, is necessary to tighten border security. The fence’s location will be at the point where, last year, 5,500 mostly Syrian refugees entered Norway.

To avoid any harsh winter weather slowdowns, fence construction has already started. Refugee resettlement groups have protested, but Deputy Justice Minister Ove Vanebo defended the decision, calling the gate and fence “responsible measures.”

Compare Norway’s determination to protect its homeland with the United States’ indifference. The 2006 Secure Fence Act was signed by President George W. Bush, who promised that “the bill will make our borders more secure.” But the double-border fencing the law mandated has never been built.

As a result of a decade of inaction, the illegal alien population in the U.S. has increased by about five million, based on the widely accepted estimate of 500,000 net aliens annually, including the relatively recent phenomena of Central American families and unaccompanied Central American minors who brazenly walk across the border.

The half a million uninspected people that enter each year take jobs, get taxpayer-funded educations, have American citizen children and add to the nation’s already unsustainable immigration-driven population growth.

The Norwegian approach to border security may be considered politically incorrect by some, but it’s the sensible way to go.

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