Miller cites Communist East Germany as effective in dealing with border security

The scuffle between the editor of Alaska Dispatch and Joe Miller's security guards at a public forum in Anchorage late Sunday is getting much national attention today. Getting lesser but growing attention is Miller's answer at the forum to a question from the audience about how he would deal with illegal immigration. Anchorage blogger Steve Aufrecht was there and is among those today who are criticizing Miller's response that Communist East Germany is a good example of a nation achieving border security. He quotes Miller as saying: "The first thing that has to be done is secure the border. ... East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could do it, we could do it."

Aufrecht's post includes an audio recording of Miller's comment.

As The Times of London reported a few years ago, linked here via Fox News, East German troops during the Cold War had official "licence to fire" on citizens trying to flee across the heavily fortified 860-mile border into West Germany or across the Berlin Wall into West Berlin. Hundreds of people died in the attempt.