Last Sunday, Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) said he believes the border should be shut down because of the Swine Flu south of the border with Mexico. Interesting that that the Rep. takes a hard line stance on the border with Mexico, after the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus has already shown itself in our country. Although I agree with Rep. Massa, his timing is a bit self serving. Since a large number of the infected here in the US are actually in the state of New York, his stance is hardly surprising.
The Rep. has not actually voted on any immigration reform at this time, although he seems to be a team player for the Democratic Party because of the backing he enjoys from the congressional leaders. Of course, very few Democratic congressmen are in favor of serious enforcement of the border with Mexico.
Perhaps he should think about Co-Sponsoring a bill similar to the SAVE Act of 2007 (immigration reform). I'm sure someone would be happy to help from across the aisle, and then he could sing the song of bi-partisanship. As a fellow Navy vet, I suspect he knows the importance of securing our country from harm.
Although it would not totally solve the problem of the Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, would it not help if the border was monitored effectively?