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According to Cornelius, controlling illegal migration through fortifications and increased manpower doesn't work; it won't change human behavior and alter the basic market forces driving migration. Broader social and economic issues must be addressed.

"Would you abolish the internal checkpoints?" I asked.

"Sure, they're relics. Whether they ever served a deterrent purpose is arguable, but they certainly don't now. They're only catching the most hapless people, and there are just too few of them to justify that deployment of manpower and resources, and the tip-off is that the politicians have abandoned them, and none of them are going to be soft on immigration."

Congressman Issa has sponsored legislation -- an amendment to a broader immigration bill -- to require the Attorney General to do a feasibility study of the internal checkpoints, and the bill now awaits action by the Senate.

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