A leaked internal memo from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign says that fencing at the US-Mexico border could help cut down on illegal immigration.
The memo, which was made public by anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, is dated September 7, 2008 and contains a list of immigration promises and proposals.
One of Obama’s “core goals,” according to the memo: “Preserve the integrity of our borders to reduce illegal immigration.”
“Securing our borders will not solve the illegal immigration problem in isolation, but combined with an earned path to citizenship for the undocumented and new legal alternatives to unauthorized entry, some additional fencing could help get the border under control.”
A section titled “Fencing,” says Obama “Supports physical fencing along border under very specific circumstances, where it makes sense as a matter of security and to act as a deterrent to unsafe undocumented entry.”
“Additional fencing on the border is not a comprehensive solution, but it sometimes helps deter people from taking the risk of entering illegally,” the memo states.
The memo also says that Obama “Believes fencing should be built where necessary and agreed to in coordination with local governments, Indian tribes and done in an environmentally sensitive manner.”
Obama, according to the memo, “Supports additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.” Additionally, Obama “Believes we need additional Customs and Border Protection agents with better technology and real-time intelligence.” (RELATED: Obama Will Hand Massive List Of Illegal Immigrants To Trump, Complete With Addresses)
The Obama years have not quite played out the way his campaign imagined they would in 2008.
Backlog in immigration courts has more than doubled since Obama took office, as his administration has struggled to deal with a wave of illegal immigrants coming over the southern border. (RELATED: Immigration Backlog Has More Than Doubled On Obama’s Watch)
Border patrol agents, meanwhile, have fumed at the president’s immigration policies.