Pat Buchanan: Gov't Lacks 'Moral Moxie' to 'Defend Our Borders'

By Susan Jones | July 8, 2014 | 7:53 AM EDT

A fence separates part of Arizona from Mexico. (AP Photo)

( - "Why has the government of the United States not got the moral moxie to do its duty and defend our borders?" asked conservative columnist Patrick J. Buchanan.

The problem rests with presidents of both parties, he told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.

"We do need a secure fence, a double or triple-link fence all along the border of the United States with Mexico. We got to tell folks we know how much you want to come, but we decide who comes into our national home."

Buchanan said what's happening on the U.S.-Mexico border is the same thing that's happening in Europe, as people from failed, Third World states are flooding in.

It's no surprise that people want to come to the U.S. "But as Ronald Reagan said, a country that can't or won't control it's borders isn't really a country anymore."

"The truth is, if you do not get control of folks pouring into your country from all over the world, they will alter the character and composition of your country and change it forever without the consent of the American people."

Buchanan noted that in 1992, when he was running against George H.W. Bush, he went to the border in San Diego: "And they were coming across the border at 5,000 every weekend, pouring in, and they all talked about secure the border because illegals are pouring into the United States. And if the government had acted then, we would be dealing not with 12 million or 20 million illegals but with 3 million. Many would have been gone."

He also  recalled that in 1953, President Eisenhower sent a U.S. general to Texas, to deal with an influx of illegal aliens. "And they put them on buses and ships and they sent them back into Central Mexico..."