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The Emperor’s New Fence

Friday, October 27, 2006

This is how CNN put it;

President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing the construction of a fence along one-third of the 2,100-mile (3,360-kilometer) U.S. border with Mexico, but missing from the legislation is a means to pay for it.

“Unfortunately, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise,” Bush said before signing the measure in the White House’s Roosevelt Room. “Ours is a nation of immigrants. We’re also a nation of law.”

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So is this all smoke and mirrors? President Bush has made no bones about his desire for a ‘Guest Worker’ program, which really means amnesty — but he has listened wisely to his border state house Republican representatives and bowed to the enormous public pressure against illegal immigration.

In Arizona last week Bush signed the $33.8 billion Homeland Security funding bill. It proposed $1.2 billion for fencing along with lighting, roads, sensors, cameras and other security devices. It does not include actual authorization on how, when or where it should be built.

Most proponents and opponents agree that the proposed $1.2 billion allocation is far short of the up to $12 billion it will take to build 700 miles of fencing, and some advocates have questioned both the White House and Congress’ commitment to it.

Border FenceRSThe bill, which would close off about a third of the 1,951-mile U.S.-Mexico border, does not require the government to show any results on the proposed new fence construction until May 2008. State legislatures, governors, and city and county governments, along with Indian tribal councils, have veto power over fencing locations.

But here is the problem if the Democrats take over the House will they provide funding? Of course not. The Democrats opposed the Secure Fence Act, so a Democrat Majority wouldn’t spend another dime to build this fence and secure our borders. They have routinely supported weakening security and offering special benefits to Illegal Aliens.

Of-course they used the President’s bill signing ceremony today as a smokescreen to avoid the issue of of whether or not they would help appropriate the funds necessary to make Border Security possible. House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Bush signed the Republicans’ “Border Fence” Bill into law:
“Again today, with this signing ceremony, we see the Republican Party acting out of political desperation. Rather than work with Democrats on border security, the Republican Party is engaging in a cynical charade that is designed to do one thing – try to score political points.”

Meanwhile down at our southern border on Thursday, a federal judge in Texas sentenced two former Border Patrol agents to 11 and 12 years in prison because they shot at a drug smuggler, crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in February 2005.

Border Patrol agent Jose Alonso Compean and fellow Agent Ignacio Ramos shot smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, who was driving a van that carried 743 pounds of marijuana. Agent Ramos shot the smuggler in the butt, but because Mr. Aldrete-Davila kept running — across the border — they said they thought they did not hit him. Instead of a normal administrative review, federal prosecutors went for the Agent’s throats.

Agents Ramos and Compean were sentenced to 11 years and 12 years, respectively, but the smuggler was granted immunity for the 743 pounds of pot and is suing the federal government for $5 million. The message here is enforcing our laws at the Border can land you hard time in prison.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, October 27, 2006 5:05 pm

    I wonder why this fence is viewed in the same aphartied light as Israel’s

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