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Friday, December 16, 2005

700 Miles of Fences

From the New York Times:

House Republicans voted on Thursday night to toughen a border security bill by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to build five fences along 698 miles of the United States border with Mexico to block the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into this country.

The amendment to the bill would require the construction of the fences along stretches of land in California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona that have been deemed among the most porous corridors of the border.

The vote on the amendment was a victory for conservatives who had long sought to build such a fences along the Mexican border. But the vote was sharply assailed by Democrats, who compared the fences to the Berlin Wall in Germany. Twelve Republicans also voted against the amendment.

4 Comments:

Blogger oscarNOW for ONmoney.NET said...

I am propelled to think that the fences will be built by companies who helped lobby for such a bills passage. If the US was serious about immigration, the enforcement and legal processing of employers who utilize illegals should be the mission of the Federal Goverment

12/19/2005 2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the illegal alien problem will only be solved by tough, consistent and muilti-layered enforcement. We need to enforce our employment laws rigoursously in the workplace against illegal aliens and most importantly against the unscrupulous employers. We need to deport illegals at every instance of their contact with law enforcement be it Federal, State or Local. And we need to rigorously enforce our borders. With respect to enforcing our borders, fences have been demonstrated to work. In Israel the fence has caused acts of terror to plummet. The fence near San Diego forced illegal immigration elsewhere. I welcome the border fence and when they get the first 700 miles built, they should start on the other 2/3rds. And then they should look towards Canada because the Canadians seem determined to import terrorists.

12/19/2005 9:12 AM  
Blogger Frodo Corleone said...

I wish anonymous had put his name up because he is right on so many points... Isreal's wall... great point... enforcing law labors.... equally great... immigration going elsewhere... ditto... the double standard with Canada's border... excellent!

My qualm is with the idea that rapidly deporting illegals is an answer. All that will happen is that they will just try again. Mexico's government has no interest in doing anything to illegal border crossers. What you have to do is remove the incentive by punishing companies that hire illegals. This will of course raise prices for meat, fruits and other things we like and need...

12/19/2005 2:35 PM  
Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said...

The fence is a good idea because there is not enough political will to consistently enforce border patrol and deportation. I expect the political will to become less and less with each election. Maybe they can compromise with Vincente Fox and hire Mexican laborers to build the fence.

12/28/2005 10:39 PM  

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