Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, September 15, 2006

Guess who is winning?

This all came from

On Thursday, September 14th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 by a vote of 283-138. The bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to:

- Construct 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border;
- Provide for the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors in five specified lengths (encompassing approximately 700 miles) along the United States’ southwestern border;
- Require DHS to study the feasibility of constructing a similar barrier along the U.S.-Canada border;
- Enhance border infrastructure, including checkpoints, roads, and vehicle barriers; and
-Direct DHS to achieve and maintain “operational control” of our borders within 18 months of enactment and require reports on the progress toward this goal;


H.R. 6061 was introduced just this week (as a result of the special hearings) by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY).

As a reminder, the House voted in favor of a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in December, 2005 as part of H.R. 4437. However, H.R. 6061, the stand-alone fence bill, passed by a bigger margin than the amendment on the fence did last December. The Senate also included a fence provision in its immigration bill passed earlier this year, S. 2061, however the Senate bill only provides for 370 miles of fencing.




Blogger Brooke said...

This whole thing is a little irritating, since I don't see the point of building a fence along just SOME of the border (and I suspect that even this effort will fizzle after November), but I am SUPREMELY pissed that the Dems will do NOTHING to protect our security.

I wonder if those six GOP'ers are the same ones who are always messing with conservative votes?

Sat Sep 16, 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

What was interesting what that I assumed there was already miles and miles and miles of security fencing along the US and Mexico border. The border between the US and Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long and when the House bill in December approved building an additional 700 miles of fencing, I assumed this would more or less cover the entire 2,000 miles. But in part of an article in Friday’s addition of the Washington Post, I learned that right now there is only about 75 miles of fencing along the border (Washington Post, Friday, September 15, 2006, A8).
How can you cover 2,000 miles of border with only 75 miles of fencing and between 12,000 and 16,000 Border Patrol agents where only one-fourth of those agents are working at one time? You can’t and that is why there are 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country.

Sat Sep 16, 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

One of the biggest myths is that illegals are doing jobs Americans don't want to do. However, what it usually boils down to is how much are employers willing to pay. In industries such as home building, the price of homes have not come down with the import of millions of illegals, but rather the builders and developers are pocketing the extra money.
From the Seattle Times
Home-building boom relies on illegal workers.
When thousands of Seattle-area Latinos stayed away from their jobs May 1 to take part in a nationwide show of support for immigrants in the work force, the largest housing-construction project in all of King County became a ghost town.
The next day, the sprawling job site in the foothills of the Cascades was abuzz again with activity: Mexican workers were hanging heavy sheets of drywall while crews listening to Spanish radio installed cabinets and painted the walls of million-dollar homes with views of the Seattle skyline.
Locally, many inspectors, construction foremen and union organizers estimate that in the last few years they have come to represent anywhere from half to 90 percent of the work force at residential job sites in the Puget Sound region. They dominate unskilled-labor crews and are prevalent among drywallers, framers, roofers and other semiskilled trades.
And it's an open secret that many of these workers are here illegally.
Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C., estimates that nationwide about one in five illegal residents works in construction — five times the number working in farm jobs.
While the law requires employers to ask prospective workers for documentation, it doesn't require them to verify that it's authentic.

Prospective workers need only show a Social Security card — fake ones can be bought on the street for $200 — and a driver's license. Washington state is one of 10 states where immigrants can get a driver's license without proving they're here legally.
The laws of supply and demand dictate that average wages should rise during a labor shortage. But for three consecutive years — even as housing starts nationwide have risen — the average wage for construction workers, after adjusting for inflation, has fallen.

Sun Sep 17, 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

The argument that illegals are willing to do jobs that Americans are unwilling to do only works if there is an industry where 100% of the labor is being performed by illegal immigrants.

Mon Sep 18, 12:12:00 AM  

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