I was just listening to the news and heard an interview with Arizona’s governor, discussing the speech President Bush made last night. The governor said, among other things, that she is pleased with the idea of devoting resources to building miles of high-tech fencing along the border.
So who actually builds fences? Government agencies do not send their own civil service employees out into the field to operate equipment and wield tools. That is not how government works. No, they bid the job out to contractors. But what is a contractor? It is a company that has a small core of full-time salespeople, managers, and engineers and then hires workers when it succeeds in landing a contract. So the federal government is going to put out a request for quotations and select the low bidder from among qualified contractors. And the winning bidder is going to open a hiring office for workers to do hard labor in the desert. And who are those workers going to be? If you have ever spent time anywhere from Texas to California, I think you know the answer to that question. I wonder if INS is going to raid the worksite and check documents while the fence is being built.
The irony is at least a little amusing, whether or not you agree with the proposed plan.