Nation: Justice's Wall

Fencing out the "illegals"

China's despotic Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti (221-206 B.C.) ordered up a wall in 214 B.C. to keep out fierce barbarian invaders. The Roman Emperor Hadrian completed one in northern England in A.D. 136 to hold the marauding Picts at bay. Now the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has decided to build its own border monument along sections of the boundary between Mexico and California and between Mexico and Texas. The invading foe: an estimated 1 million Mexicans who cross illegally into the U.S. each year.

The 10-ft.-high fence is intended to wall off two sections, totaling 12.68 miles, of...