Immigration Reform on our Border with Mexico

May 28, 2006 -- Posted at 2:35 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR --  President Bush announced this week his new plan to fight illegal immigrants from crossing the United States border with Mexico.

The president is asking the United States Congress to support funding that would allow the hiring of thousands of border patrol agents.

When discussing the topic of Bush's plan for immigration reform with a room full of retired veterans, it's easy to get a few mixed opinions.

"I think it's a good idea, because we need to control our borders. We can't just allow people to be coming over here by the thousands and taking American jobs," said Jay P. Chism.

Jay P. Chism is a veteran of the United States Army.

"We need to do whatever it takes to secure the borders. If they need to call out the Marine Corps, or whatever branch of service, they need to control our borders," said Chism.

While many people think something needs to be done, not everyone agrees with President Bush's course of action.

"It doesn't matter what he does, they're going to get over here one way or another. If he builds a wall, they're going to tunnel under the wall," said Billy J. Cribbs, a retired veteran.

The immigration plan calls for thousands of National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico

"We can't afford to hire enough border patrol. That would take billions of dollars," said Cribbs.

"They take advantage of what is a good deal to them, but it's not a good deal to the American People," said Chism.

The president's staff has sent a request to Congress for $2,000,000,000 to help fund tougher enforcement on our borders.