The way we go after illegal immigration is misguided. We think we can seal off the border and go after the illegals themselves, but it's pretty much like stacking marbles. Any activity can only be discouraged if the consequences outweigh the gains. The worst we can truly do to an illegal is send him back to where he came from and let him try it again. He's got very little to lose by trying. We aren't going to do deadly force and we aren't going to do harsher punishments. We're better than that. Fences are equally pointless. I recently watched an episode of "Penn and Teller's B.S." where they hired six illegals at a home depot to build a fence just like the one being proposed. It took them most of the day to do it, but they did. Then they told them to break into three teams to get through the fence. Two dug under, two climbed over and two cut their way through. THey were all through in less than 2 minutes. "You think they've done this before?" Penn Gillette joked. I suggest a more practical solution. Treat ICE like OSHA. Put the emphasis on the employers to ensure they aren't hiring illegal. Impose fines when they are caught in violation- heavy ones - and monitor the repeat offenders. After a certain point, the cost of fines will exceed whatever the cost is hiring illegals on the cheap. Pay $10,000 to ICE for an illegal, or spend $200 on a proper background check, which you should have done in the first place.