Since the mid-1990s, a 14-mile security fence south of San Diego has effectively slowed illegal border crossings in that area to a trickle. So naturally, it took Congress more than a decade to decide that it might be a worthwhile idea to replicate that success by building 700 miles of additional fencing along our chaotic southern border. It took the new Democratic leadership in Congress, oh, about a week to decide to scuttle the whole project before the first spike was even driven into the ground. (Truth be told, President Bush never really wanted the security fence either.)

Too expensive, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday, indicating that the Democrats would probably not fund construction of the fence, despite the fact that $1.2 billion has already been set aside for this purpose. Instead, Congress will look for “other ways