Land Mines on the Border?

@laglen (19782)
United States
June 15, 2010 9:04am CST
New Mexico House Republican nominee om Mullins wants land mines on the Border... actually what he said was "the U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints." He said this during a radio interview with KNMX. He won the primary. What do you think of this idea to secure the border? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/15/new-mexico-republican-candidate-suggests-land-mines-mexico-border/
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7 responses
• United States
15 Jun 10
I think it is a great idea. I have always said that rows of mines should be planted along the border.
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• United States
15 Jun 10
I am curious. I almost missed this discussion. Why did you post it under "USA - Places I have visited"?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
lmao I thought it was just under USA! oops. I will go delete that. Surely everybody knows by now that I have visited the USA!
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@fwidman (11517)
• United States
15 Jun 10
If we plant rows of mines along the border then the very least we should do before that is have Congress declare war against Mexico
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
15 Jun 10
The only redeeming point will be that he will have checkpoints but don't these checkpoints exist already? And how would he allow the people to enter legally in the country? What would they need to prove? and this man won the primary? I find this scary. People are forgetting that the founders of this country are all imigrants who made the long journey to this land to live a better life which now they seem to deny to others and the spirit of land mining the borders talks of lack of respect to others lives. I am shocked that people see this as an acceptable thing and voted for the man to run for any position on the goverment. Is this the kind of thinking they feel will solved the problem? Would we have approved if Hittler had put land mines around his borders just to make no Jew run away? Can we approve of the land mines in Africa? Should we approve of the car bombs of terrorists cause that's how they deal with a problem? I think not!
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@fwidman (11517)
• United States
15 Jun 10
You are right, land mines are not the solution to the border problem. In fact, to me, it becomes murder plain and simple. We are not at war with Mexico, what is this politician thinking? Has he been smoking too much weed, or what? And people voted for a guy like this? Man, oh man, I am happy I do not live in that state! Dang, and I thought the foolish people in Arizona were bad! Maybe I shall stay permanently where I am as the other states are beginning to lose all touch with reality
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Read my post above. His statement was taken out of context. Someone suggested it to him while on the campaign trail...he's not in support of it, and he's not campaigning that we do it. We're p*ssed in NM about the situation, but we're not crazy...
@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
If you read the article I linked to you would see this: Mullins says border security came up during a radio interview last month, when he was campaigning for the GOP nod to run against Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Actually Mullins was taken out of context somewhat. He said that mining the border had been suggested to him while he was on the campaign trail...not that he supported it. But regardless, mining the border is extreme...and would do more harm than good. But I am in support of finishing the fence, more border patrol/National Guard, fining/jailing employers of illegal aliens, harsher sentences for illegals caught on U.S. soil, not giving drivers' licenses to illegals, not giving them benefits meant for legal tax-paying citizens, etc.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
I agree and I agree that they need to truly secure that border. I thought the land mines were extreme.
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Can you imagine the law suits? And they'd win with our bleeding-heart society!
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
And we thought they were expensive here..... sheesh...
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
16 Jun 10
I think land mines are a bit much, considering the danger they might pose to innocent children, animals, anyone else around there. Definitely barbed wire, walls, and protection of all possible kinds. We must secure the border, and while mines might be an effective deterrent, I feel uneasy about them. Checkpoints, yes. If our illegal governing body at the federal level were removed, it might also send a message re the consequence of entering illegally. New Mexico should join every other state in sending a Jan Brewer style message re a strong law with absolute consequences. We must let Calderon know he should provide for those of his own house, and every invader of America of all persuasions know they will be prosecuted for illegal entry.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
16 Jun 10
I agree with your assesment on the land mines as well as following in Brewers foot steps. She just paved the way. Making it much simpler for other states.
• United States
15 Jun 10
Although I am definitely in favor of enforcing the laws and securing the border. I am not necessarily in favor of a fence of any kind of obstructionary measures. For one simple reason, Anything that can physically keep someone out,can physically keep US in. With the wrong man as President, it could certainly happen.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
spot on!
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@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Obviously it is a despicable and inhumane suggestion. For some reason thought his discussion reminded me of the movie "The Day After Tomorrow." The climate was freezing to the point all Americans had to migrate south. There was a scene that showed thousands of people breaking down fences to get over the Mexican border. How ironic that was. Now how possible is that from happening and if it did should Mexico seal off it's borders to all Americans? Should they place mines on their borders to keep us out? It's just a funny way to look at things I guess. Anyway not to make this a debate over policy down there on our borders but when did we start treating our fellow man like cattle or garbage for that matter to be tossed away? And if the tables were turned... Should the Mexican people be willing to accept us into their country in a time of crisis?
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Very good and interesting point of view. I thought it would be interesting to see what peoples thoughts on this would be.
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• United States
16 Jun 10
well..i think land mines are a bit extreme..fences don't seem to work,they just dig under.having more eyes on the border with night vision glasses would probably do more than one vehicle per so many miles.