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Opposable thumbs and the border fence

When documentary filmmaker Roy Germano produced a film titled The Other Side of Immigration, he wondered if the border fence that cost U.S. taxpayers an average $4 million a mile to build is, in fact, a deterrent to would-be illegal immigrants.

He asked two young women to climb the fence while he timed them, and both made it to the top in under 18 seconds on their first attempt.

He posted the video clip on YouTube, where it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and offers a clear perspective on his question about deterrence.

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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Jan 10, 2011, 11:51 am
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I have an idea. Ask them to climb the fence that separates North Korea and South Korea.

I would love to see that video…

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“On average, each mile of border fence costs US taxpayers about $4 million to build and will cost another $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to repair and maintain.”

— documentary filmmaker Roy Germano

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