March 14th, 2009
08:27 AM ET

Dear President Obama #54: What border war?

Reporter's Note: The President wants advice. I know what it is like to want something. I once wanted a pony. So I am writing a letter a day to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Whatever happened to the immigration issue? I’m just a little curious. Seemed like for a while there, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a member of Congress spewing something about the tide of folks flowing over the border. They were for it. They were against it. They wanted a fence. They didn’t want one. They liked immigrants. They despised them. They said it was a matter of national security. They said it was a matter of human decency. Now they’re not saying anything. We had those huge marches on TV, and the huge counter-marchers in response, and now “nada.”

I feel like I’m hearing plenty about the problems down in Mexico; the drug wars, kidnapping, vague concerns that somehow the government there will collapse and we’ll see anarchy outside of Arizona’s bedroom window. But there seems to be no real serious debate about the overall issues: How secure should our border be? What should we do (if anything) about all the people who are in the country illegally? And what should our immigration policy be in the future?