Rosemary Jenks, director of governmental relations at NumbersUSA, a group that promotes reduced immigration, both legal and illegal, said the concept of a virtual fence isn’t necessarily bad, but it could work only in conjunction with other border security enforcement measures.

“Some folks in the administration see this as a panacea. It is not,” said Jenks

She also questioned whether a virtual fence makes fiscal sense.

“It’s hard to believe that the technology required would be less expensive” than a physical fence, Jenks said. “A virtual fence is going to require a constant infusion of funding and manpower. You can’t just set it up and leave it alone.”

By Caitlin Webber, in CQ [Congressional Quarterly]

Public Opinion

Updated: Wed, Jun 18th 2008 @ 3:26pm EDT