Protect and Defend

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Bush Signs U.S.-Mexico Border Fence Bill

Associated Press, October 26, 2006

WASHINGTON - President Bush wanted an exchange of workers with Mexico to bring order to the border, but wound up signing a law Thursday that approves partitioning 700 miles of the United States from its southern neighbor.
The administration once talked of "orderly migration" _ workers entering the United States and returning to Mexico or other countries when their jobs were finished. But political realities have replaced phrases like that with "border security" and plans for fences, surveillance cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles and watch towers.
Bush still wants a guest-worker program. But the toughest resistance to that idea has come from his own Republican Party _ and has intensified as the midterm elections have drawn near…
"We're modernizing the southern border of the United States so we can assure the American people we're doing our job of securing the border," Bush said.
The new law also gives the Department of Homeland Security up to 18 months to achieve "operational control" of the border, defined as preventing all illegal entries into the U.S. by land or water.
The bill didn't come with any new funding, and the $1.2 billion that Congress previously approved is not enough to build the full 700 miles of proposed double-layer fence…
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Congress will add more money each year to erect the fence.
"Within about three years, we should have about 370 miles," said Kyl, whose state would be virtually sealed from Mexico through fencing and other barriers.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Ralph Basham said the fence could take many forms, from chain link to solid wall, depending on where it is placed. The shape will be determined with the help of Boeing Co., which was awarded a $67 million contract to install a high-tech "virtual fence" along 28 miles in Arizona…
Bush continues to promote a temporary guest-worker plan. His administration had been negotiating the proposal with then-Mexican President Vicente Fox but shoved it into the background after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks…

So for those of you who don’t like Bush, think about what it means if you agree with his immigration policy. Do you think he actually got something right, or could it be that he is wrong once again, and maybe you should reevaluate your own ideas on the issue?


Blogger Bobkatt said...

A lady called one of our local talk shows yesterday and made a suggestion that on the surface seems very interesting. It was gather up a bunch of the unused cargo containers in this country and dropping them on the border to make a barrier. They obviously could be scaled but at least it would deter vehicle traffic and would be doable right now.

Fri Oct 27, 03:52:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I still think a better idea would be if the US government or the Arizona or New Mexico government built a huge solar power plant along the border in the uninhabitable desert. The facility would need to be fenced in, it would require security, and it is a form or renewable energy that would do a small part of reducing our dependence on oil in that part of the country.

Sat Oct 28, 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

I've been spending alot of time on the U.S.-Mexico border. And what I've come to realize more than anything is that there is more of a sense of community between both sides of the border here than anyone in other parts of the country tends to understand. The box stores (Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc) actually depend on the millions of Mexicans that cross the border daily to shop at those stores and then go home. A wall will be an intense strain on this economic relationship. It essentially says, "we don't want you here".

Wed Apr 09, 12:26:00 AM  

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