Obamanomics: A Recipe For Border Security?

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 13, 2011 | 4:35 PM EDT

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin credits a weakening U.S. economy for helping achieve a “remarkable improvement” in U.S. border security. But, do we really need a beleaguered economy to make our border safe?

“We have an economy that is stronger in Mexico and weaker in the United States and so we don’t see as many people trying to cross,” Bersin told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center last Friday.

“If you look at the decline, it started in 2000 when the economy was very strong and it’s been moving steadily downward over the last decade,” he said.

I guess higher taxes and increased government regulation can produce a kind of perverse supply-side solution to border safety by devastating the economy, thus de-incentivizing illegal aliens from crossing our border to look for work here.

But, isn’t there a better way to make our border secure – like, say, creating more jobs for border patrol agents and actually securing the border?