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May 18, 2006

Senate Approves 370-mile Fence On Southern Border

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

The Senate voted yesterday to build at least 370 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and agreed - after weeks of strained negotiations -- to bar convicted felons from gaining citizenship (the fact that this was otherwise even considered tells us a lot about how far removed from reality the Senate really is!)

That's 370 miles of fencing along "high traffic for crossers" locations and an additional 500 miles of a vehicle barrier along a 2000 mile border - I can only guess how they managed to come up with that number, and it most certainly has much more to do with political negotiation then a factual study of what is actually needed. As is so often the case in Washington, it's politics and agenda over substance and solving a problem. And for this, we pay taxes and forego true security in terms of both health and safety as well as cultural integrity.

I suppose we should be grateful that the Senate hasn't voted to provide transportation, lodging and meals to all illegals desirous of crossing our border so as not to inconvenience them. Thank God for small favors.

And the Senate isn't the only branch of government that's out of touch and far removed from reality, the executive branch isn't far behind them. Regarding President Bush's oft-stated claim that providing illegal aliens a "path to citizenship," such as by allowing them to pay a fine or prove long-term employment, isn't amnesty - the American people aren't buying what he's trying to sell.

Further reading: Immigration Center Advances by Captain Ed

Posted by Richard at May 18, 2006 5:39 AM

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