Walls, fences and militias:
Now Republicans Are Running
Away From Border Security Promise. These Republicans. Has there ever been a more disloyal, spineless, leaderless
bunch? [...] The latest exhibit to be added to the long list of Republican broken promises is border security. Republicans are now
running from the Trump "build that wall" promise that was critical in his winning the 2016 Election. So many Republicans are failing
to follow up on this promise (they've been making it to voters for more than three decades) that an open floor vote might prove
disastrous. Instead, a bit of cash will be thrown at the problem, a few miles of new fence, and tens of millions of dollars
devoted to further "study."
seek to dodge border wall vote. House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump's
border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail. The House Rules Committee is
expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a
downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative
branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall. If an amendment to fund the wall is
adopted by the Rules Committee, this line item can circumvent a floor vote, sparing GOP immigration moderates and fiscal hawks
from being pressed to approve a project that their constituents might view as xenophobic, misguided and wasteful —
and sparing GOP leaders possible defeat.
says border needs 700-900 miles of wall. President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border
he wants to fence off, saying "anywhere from 700 to 900 miles" need his border wall — and he said he wasn't joking
when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for construction. "There is a very good chance we can do a solar wall,"
the president told reporters Wednesday night [7/12/2017] aboard Air Force One en route to France. During the campaign
Mr. Trump said he wanted to see a wall across the 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but told reporters that he's been convince d
there are a number of areas that don't need fencing because of natural barriers.
GOP allocates $1.6 billion for Trump border wall in 2018. House Republicans said Tuesday [7/11/2017] they've included
$1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up [a] fight with
Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding — even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown. GOP
leaders said the $1.6 billion fully meets Mr. Trump's request to begin wall construction, which includes 32 miles of new
border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence
in San Diego.
France to Use
a Wall to Deter Terror. The French government is constructing a bulletproof, glass wall around the Eiffel Tower
to prevent terror attacks that is projected to cost $20 million. The 8.2-foot-high wall was approved in January, and
while many French are outraged by the construction of what they see as an eyesore, local politicians defended the plan.
"The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of
special security measures," Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins said. Currently the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal
barriers as a security measure, but Martins believes the glass wall will be more visually appealing.
Administration Plans Summer Announcement of Wall Prototypes. President Donald Trump's administration plans to
announce design finalists for his "big beautiful wall" soon. The announcement will take place sometime in the summer of
this year, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson. It will include four to eight designs for
wall "prototypes" to be constructed in San Diego. The exact date and details of the prototypes announcement have not
been set, but is expected to be a major milestone for the president's promised project.
requests $24.5-million-per-mile border wall, U.S. choice of immigrants. The first leg of President Trump's
planned border wall will cost an exorbitant $24.5 million per mile, according to the 2018 budget he submitted Tuesday [5/23/2017]
that details a massive shake-up in immigration policy. Mr. Trump calls for a giant increase in detention beds to help end
the catch-and-release policies of previous administrations, requests major infusions of cash for more border and interior agents to
apprehend illegal immigrants, and proposes more prosecutors and judges to speed their cases along. Also on tap is a boost in
funding for E-Verify, the government's voluntary system that allows businesses to check potential hires' legal status.
Mr. Trump says he wants the system to be mandatory for all U.S. businesses in three years.
Budget Ramps Up Funding for Eminent Domain' Land Acquisition' in Potential Effort to Clear Way for Border Wall.
Tuesday's Department of Justice budget proposal asks Congress for $1.8 million to "meet litigation, acquisition, and
appraisal demands during the construction along the border between Mexico and the United States." The money will be used
to devote 20 new staff members, including 12 attorneys, to the Environmental and Natural Resources Division's Land Acquisition
Section (LAS). This small section of the DOJ handles litigation that arises when the federal government uses its "eminent
domain" power to seize land for public projects.
Unveils New Electrified Border Wall, Watch Towers, And Guards With Machine Guns. The country of Hungary, 95% of
whose citizens opposed European Union migrant quotas in a recent referendum, has reportedly electrified key portions of their
border fence. According to Index.hu, when approaching the border outside of authorized border crossings, those
attempting to enter the country will be met with warning signs in Hungarian, Serbian and Arabic advising them that the fence
has been electrified.
Border Wall Will Protect Human Rights. So what sort of immigration policy best protects genuine human
rights? The Left's answer (often driven by cynical electoral considerations and a seemingly boundless need to
virtue-signal) tends favor uncontrolled borders and unlimited immigration. Many libertarians also support open borders,
asserting that people and labor should be allowed to move freely, and that restrictions upon this motion is a violation of
rights. This is certainly better grounded in principles than the Left's customary position. However, both
positions suffer from the same problem: they privilege the wishes of non-citizens over citizens.
Will Border Wall Divide the Right
Over Eminent Domain? President Trump's border wall could potentially drive a wedge into the GOP as building the
structure would require acquiring private property including through eminent domain, which flies in the face of traditional
conservative support for property rights. Conservative property owners along the border in Texas oppose the wall,
according to the South Texas Property Rights Association, which represents more than 600 landowners.
Sheriff Opposes Border Wall: 'Medieval Solution to a Modern Problem'. Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in
an interview with New York Times podcast "The Daily" that lawmakers would be better off giving a fraction of the estimated
billions it would take to build the wall to law enforcement. "I think it's kind of a medieval solution to a modern
problem," Napier said. "I mean, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and
this is the best idea we can come up with?"
The Editor says...
Pumping water is also "a medieval solution to a modern problem," but we still do it. Walls don't require electricity.
They don't have moving parts. They just stand in place and keep unwelcome people out.
border wall is working spectacularly well. Hungary is getting major blowback from the E.U. elites. But as far as I know, they haven't
doubled down on "it can't work" the way their American internationalist brethren have.&Nbsp; We have here a classic case of common sense versus "experts"
whose predictions can't be trusted.
Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months. When other countries welcomed refugees with open arms, Hungary decided it was time to eradicate
illegal immigration at any cost. The country succeeded, but that success damaged relations with the European Union in the process. Hungary’s second border fence has just
been completed in the southern town of Asotthalom. The 96-mile long, 14 ft. tall double-line of defense doesn’t look too intimidating from a distance. Go a little closer and
you’ll notice several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks, cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re about to break Hungarian
law if they as much as touch the fence.
Obsess Over the Wall. From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, Calif., the U.S.-Mexico border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, often across
rugged, harsh terrain — including Texas's Big Bend National Park and Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Building a single, monolithic wall is not feasible for
much of this territory, as Trump himself acknowledges at times. The proposed route of a wall also cuts through privately owned land, raising serious
legal questions. Nevertheless, more barriers in select places are welcome.
latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land. There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades
from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall. But if and when
he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of
concrete. In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for
government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.
Cash Pays for the Wall. In the hyper-charged debate over the merits of building "the wall" along the
U.S.-Mexico border and its funding impact on a possible government shutdown, I would like to propose a solution. The
focus has largely been on contraband and illegal immigrants going north. We largely ignore the other side of the
equation; i.e. illicit proceeds — mostly in the form of bulk cash — flowing south. If we could
recover just a few percentage points of the tens of billions of profits from the sale of drugs and other transnational crimes
(TOC) that annually flow south across the border, we could pay for the wall. Moreover, targeting the illicit proceeds
should be palatable to both Mexico City and Washington DC, and may serve as a basis for enhanced U.S.-Mexican cooperation on
illicit trafficking and related TOC.
Governor: Build Border Wall With 'Sanctuary City' Funds. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested President
Donald Trump and both houses of Congress use federal money withheld from defunded cities, counties and states with so-called
"sanctuary" policies to help fund a border wall, during an interview Tuesday [4/11/2017] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."
Abbott, who has withheld state funds from Travis County in Texas because of its sanctuary policies, urged the president to
use federal criminal grants stripped away from localities adopting these policies to aid in securing the border.
Why not 50 percent?
wall funding solved: GOP pushes for 2% fee on money immigrants send home. A group of House Republicans on
Thursday [3/30/2017] introduced the first major bill to fund President Trump's border wall, saying the government could collect billions
of dollars by imposing a 2 percent fee on all the money Mexicans and other immigrants send back home. Estimates vary,
but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year. A 2 percent tax
could net more than $2 billion a year if it applied to all money regardless of who's sending it. "This bill is
simple — anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration
should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall," Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican,
said in a statement. "This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream
to build the wall."
are the design Plans for Trump's border wall. [Scroll down] Other requirements include:
A "physically imposing" height of no less than 18 feet but preferably 30 feet tall.
Anti-climbing mechanisms, either by ladder or other tools like hooks that humans may be able to get across.
Prevent tunneling 6 feet below ground.
• For breaches to the wall (using building or cutting
tools, or torches) to take at least one hour in concrete designs, and 30 minutes in the "other" designs.
Wall Is Already Paid For. Critics of the border wall proposed by President Trump have said the cost is
prohibitive under current budget and economic conditions, that no way is Mexico going to pay for it, and shifting funds away
from the TSA, Coast Guard, and FEMA are counterproductive in terms of national security. These criticisms ignore the
costs to the U.S. in terms other than money — increased crime, overtaxed law enforcement, the drain on public
resources such as education, medical care, etc., and the driving down of real wages through an endless supply of cheap
labor. In fact, thanks in large part to the mere threat of the wall, the sudden enforcement of existing law, and the
stripping of funding from sanctuary cities by President Trump, illegal immigration has plummeted by 40 percent in February,
a trend that if continued will reduce the costs and burdens of illegal immigration to the point that the benefits of enhanced
border security, including the wall, will be more than paid for.
Hungary's Border Walls Pay for Themselves Through Savings on Illegal Migrants. The Hungarian government's
decision to rapidly construct strong border fences along their frontiers has had a positive financial effect, achieving
substantial savings on the cost of illegal immigration. Zoltán Kovács, official spokesman for Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán, told Hungarian media last week that "the monies spent on border protection are very obviously being recouped".
It's worth every nickel, and more importantly, it is fully authorized by the Constitution, inasmuch as we are being invaded.
House: Border wall cost could run $25 million per mile. The estimates of President Trump's proposed
border wall run anywhere from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a radio
interview Monday — though he said no decisions have been made on exactly what the wall will look like. Mr. Mulvaney,
speaking on the "Hugh Hewitt Show," said the White House will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks but won't know the
details of the cost and construction until it prepares its 2019 budget, which won't be for another year.
Cut 9,287 Holes in Obama-Era Border Fence. During a six-year stretch of the Obama presidency, people illegally
crossing the U.S.-Mexico border cut 9,287 holes in the "pedestrian" fencing that currently covers only 354 miles of the
1,954-mile border, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office. Only 654 miles of the
1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border currently have any type of fencing, according to GAO. The other 1,300 miles of
border have no fencing. Of the 654 miles of fencing, 354 miles consists of what the Department of Homeland
Security calls "pedestrian" fencing. The other 300 miles is "vehicle" fencing.
Obama, Illegal Immigrants Cut Almost 10,000 Holes In Border Fence. For six years under the Obama presidency,
illegal aliens cuts almost 10,000 holes in the border fence, according to a report by the Government Accountability
Office. CNS News' Terry Jeffrey wrote about how these gaps are located in the "pedestrian" portion of the fence,
which only covers 354 square miles: [...]
Raza Declares War on Border Wall, Demands "Reconquista" of Southwest. The National Council of La Raza, an
organization that promotes the Reconquista of the southwest United States, called President Trump's Executive Order a "declaration
of war" on the Hispanic community equivalent to the slave trade. Janet Murgu'a, president of the National Council of La Raza,
claimed the president's plan to build a wall on the southern border and deport violent illegal immigrants will "tarnish our nation's
than 200 companies express interest in border wall construction. Hundreds of companies are lining up to bid on
building President Trump's controversial border wall. As of Tuesday evening [2/28/2017], 225 companies — mostly
construction and engineering firms — have expressed interest in building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according
to a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.
And Fences Are Bad... Except If You're A Hollywood Elitist Attending The Oscars. Vacuous celebrities stood and
applauded a Mexican, Latin-American director who was chosen to present an Oscar, a political jibe at the President's
intentions to strengthen border security. All the while they were safely separated from the unwashed masses by a
complex 'maze' of security walls and fences.
Border War: A Prediction. A prediction: when the "Wall" along the southern border begins to be
constructed, the left's professional activists will implement an extensive disruption campaign. It will be modeled
after the Keystone Pipeline protest (that involved a makeshift city of 10,000), but be more mobile and flexible, spread out
along the border that marks the path of the wall. Protestors will stand in the path of construction, just at activists
have, in the past, chained themselves to trees in the Northwest to stop logging.
DHS secretary: Border
wall should be finished in two years. In his first television interview as Homeland Security secretary, retired four-star Marine
Gen. John F. Kelly told Fox News he wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall finished in two years — setting an ambitious schedule for
the project ordered last week by President Trump. "The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in.
That's the way I look at it," Kelly said. "I really hope to have it done within the next two years."
Won't Rule Out Endangered Species Act Suits To Block Trump's Wall. President Trump's political opponents may
use existing federal laws designed to protect endangered species to stop him from building a border wall to stem the flow of
illegal immigrants coming from Mexico. Environmentalists say Trump's proposed border wall would hinder the movement of
endangered species migrating through their natural, cross-border habitats, and activists aren't above filing suit under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop the wall.
Rep. Calls Out Trump Wall While Los Zetas Cartel Operates in His District. A congressman from this border
city has expressed his disappointment at the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump, calling for more border
security and a wall. The comments come at the same time the Los Zetas cartel has laid claim to a local park in his
district. On Wednesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) issued a statement calling Trump's wall a 14th century solution
to a 21st century problem. Cuellar denounced the plan, claiming that the move damages bilateral relations with Mexico.
signs executive orders authorizing work on Mexico border wall, withholding funds for 'sanctuary cities'.
President Trump signed an executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and will sign another banning some
Muslim immigrants from entering the country — setting off a wave of protests in New York and elsewhere.
Trump's order Wednesday paving the way for construction of the wall is the first in a series of steps he says will stem
illegal immigration and strengthen national security.
Democrats Voted For The Border Wall Trump Is Building. President Donald Trump will be able to order the
construction of a wall on the Mexico border Wednesday with the stroke of a pen, because of a 2006 law passed with the help of
Democrats including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The 2006 law authorized the construction of 700 miles
of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security. Although
former President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, the Democrat-controlled Congress that took over a few months
later ensured it would never be completed by means of an amendment to a 2008 spending bill.
The Current State
of the Border Fence. Recognizing the effectiveness of physical barriers as a means of border control, Congress
first mandated the construction of a border fence in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). IIRIRA called for the construction of a 14-mile, triple-layered fence along the boundary between
San Diego and Tijuana. By 2004, only nine miles of fencing were completed. Congress subsequently passed the Secure Fence
Act of 2006. That legislation called for double-layered fencing along the border, augmented by manpower and technology, and directed
the Secretary of Homeland security to construct "reinforced fencing along not fewer than 700 miles of the southwest border, in
locations where fencing is deemed most practical and effective."
Lt. Gov: We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits. President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to
build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's
second-highest official. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that
he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.
Obama Family Building a Wall Around New Home. President Barack Obama will reportedly have a big, beautiful wall
around his new home in Washington DC. According to spy photos from TMZ, workers are currently building a brick wall
around the rental home where the Obamas plan to live after leaving the White House. The home was sold in 2014 for
$5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms. It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928.
Is Laying The Groundwork For His Border Wall Behind The Scenes. The Trump transition team has asked the
Department of Homeland Security to report how much money is available to build a border wall, and to provide other
information key to implementing the president-elect's immigration proposals. The requests outlined by the transition
team in an early December meeting with DHS officials suggest Trump is serious about his promises to secure the southern
border, deport illegal immigrants and reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration.
We Go! Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall. And here come the charging
RINOs! Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border. You'll recognize the names... it's
the same [people] every single time: Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski. They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure
that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US. Uh, no. In this particular instance, the sins of the father and
mother are the sins of the child. You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children. They should stay with their
family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.
Building the Wall Should Not Be Trump's No. 1 Immigration Priority. Ironically, Donald Trump's marquee
immigration proposal — a border wall, which Mexico will pay for — is the part of his immigration
platform least likely to make much difference. This is not to say it's infeasible or even ill advised. Only about
one-third of the border with Mexico has any kind of fencing, and half of that consists merely of low-rise vehicle barriers
intended to stop truck traffic; anyone can easily climb over or under them (as I myself have done on many occasions).
And the president doesn't need further authorization from Congress to build a physical barrier, although he would eventually
need additional funding.
law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall. There's no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can't
build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And maybe, in the end, he won't do it. But at the moment Trump takes
office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be
obstacles — what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? — but
the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward. As in other areas of immigration
enforcement, Trump will be able to effect radical change simply by following the law. In this case, it is the Secure
Fence Act, passed in 2006 with bipartisan support — 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate, including
then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The Wall: It Will Save Americans Trillions Of Dollars. Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send
$24 [billion] back to Mexico in cash transfers. American employers paid them under the table and off the books with
fraudulent identification. They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money. Their employers wrangled
financial murder for the past 40 years. While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and
illegal immigrants account for $120 [billion] sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia. In other words,
immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death. At the same time, Mexico smuggles $50 billion
annually of drugs into America across a non-guarded, non-existent border. I've traveled the 1,952 mile Mexican-American
border three times to witness that it allows anyone at any time to enter the USA in thousands of unguarded locations.
65 countries have erected fences on their borders. Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but
security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the
world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders. When the Berlin Wall was torn down
a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or under
construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.
shutting off aerial surveillance at border proves the need for border wall. If you talk to a liberal about
solutions for our porous border, they are willing to discuss everything but a fixed, border fence. They'll filibuster
the conversation with talk about aerial surveillance, more border agents, "virtual fencing," cameras, and sensors, etc.
But the minute the discussion turns to a physical barrier on the border, they clam up and adamantly oppose it. Why the
hatred for a physical fence? For one thing, fences work.
Legislator Wants to Sanction Firms That Help Trump Build Border Wall. A bill introduced Wednesday [11/16/2016] in the
Illinois General Assembly would punish any businesses that help the federal government build a wall along the U.S. southern border
by placing them on a "Prohibited Investment List" alongside companies that boycott Israel and do business with Sudan and Iran.
Building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a major promise President-elect Donald Trump made to voters during his successful
presidential campaign. It is also the first goal of Trump's "10 Point Plan to Put America First." Trump said he will
"begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall."
Immigration Architect — The Wall Will Be Built and There Will Be No Free Passes. Kansas Secretary of
State Kris Kobach is the architect of the Trump immigration enforcement structures. Working diligently behind the
scenes Kobach is constructing the actual mechanisms and actionable policies that will make President Trump's policy proposals
actually come into fruition.
Clinton's protective wall around Chappaqua estate. Hillary Clinton doesn't miss an opportunity to ridicule Donald Trump's
illegal immigration solution of a wall on the southern border — but that's exactly what she's deployed to keep undesirables away
from her. [...] A series of photos reveal a massive barrier running the entire border of Bill and Hillary Clinton's estate in Chappaqua,
New York — undoubtedly intended to keep the unwashed masses away from the political elites.
Zealot Zuckerberg Angers Neighbors by Building Massive Security Wall Around His Hawaiian Home. The island of
Kauai is a masterpiece of natural beauty. That Zuckerberg would both build a security wall and despoil one of the most
spectacular islands in the world would shame a normal person, but not — of course — any Democrat.
commission approves plan for higher White House fence. A plan to increase the overall height of the fence
surrounding the White House by approximately 6 feet, about doubling its current height, won preliminary approval
from a Washington arts commission Thursday [6/16/2016].
of a Border Wall. Throughout the course of this primary campaign, Donald Trump has taken virtually every
conceivable position on virtually every issue except one. Proving even a blind squirrel can find an acorn, Trump has been
consistent all along that as president he will construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Let's assume for a moment that
Trump is telling the truth; an almost always an iffy proposition where Trump is concerned. However, for the sake of this
discussion I'll graciously take Trump at his word and assume he would make this a priority in his administration.
President Obama Decides to Build a Border Security
Wall. Only Problem: It's in Africa. [Scroll down] Since  not much has been done to secure the Southern border because of
the high-cost of such an initiative. However, it appears that spending billions of dollars on U.S. military personnel and supplies to help
Niger secure their country from Boko Haram terrorists by, of all things, building a wall, is a cost-effective undertaking. Meanwhile, back
in the United States, illegal immigration through the completely wide open border with Mexico is reportedly costing American taxpayers some
$100 billion per year — fully 15 times what it would have cost to build a border fence or wall. Undocumented immigrants
continue to flood in and the threat of real terrorists originating from the middle east and elsewhere remains at an all time high. In fact,
just last year Congressman Jason Chaffetz reported that Federal agents captured four individuals with ties to the Islamic State attempting to cross
into the United States.
Race North as Hungary Builds a Border Fence. Like a movable feast of despair, the mass of people has overwhelmed the
authorities in one stop after another, from the tiny Greek island of Kos to impoverished Macedonia, which declared a state of
emergency last week, and now the train and bus stations of Serbia, as they head north to their ultimate destinations in the
richer nations of the European Union. The next link on their route, almost inevitably, are towns like this one on the
Hungarian frontier with Serbia. But Hungarian officials say they have a firm, if unwelcoming, answer to the slow-motion
tide: a fence.
of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders. Globalisation was supposed to tear down
barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building
across the world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders. When the Berlin Wall was
torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or
under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.
Begins Construction on Border Wall to Keep Somalis Out. The Kenyan government has
broken ground on a new wall that will span a large swatch of the border between Kenya and Somalia.
While the project had been announced in March, Kenyan authorities appear to have expedited the
groundbreaking in response to the terrorist attack at Garissa University.
Fencing: One Tool among Many. Perhaps 40 percent of the illegal population entered legally and
then overstayed their visas — pointing to laxity not only in tracking foreign visitors but also in
issuing visas to them in the first place. What's more, many illegal aliens sneak through the legal crossing
points — called ports of entry — by either using fraudulent documents or hiding in vehicles.
Nevertheless, controlling the long stretches of the border between ports of entry is essential, and fencing is an
important tool in the border patrol's kit. Consider the situation in El Paso, which used to be
one of the main gateways to the United States for illegal aliens.
Senate Just Proved It Can't Be Trusted On
Border Security. In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, requiring 700 miles of double-tiered fencing get built along the Mexican border.
Though the fence would only cover a fraction of that border, President Bush told Americans: "This bill will help protect the American people. This bill
will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform." "We have a responsibility to secure our borders," he added.
"We take this responsibility seriously." Seriously? A year later, Congress quietly passed a law that largely neutered the fence requirement, and today,
only 36 miles of it have been built.
Security Axes Bush-Era 'Virtual Fence' Project. The Department of Homeland Security today [1/14/2011]
officially scrapped a Bush-era program designed to use radar technology to detect illegal immigrants crossing
the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DHS official and a congressional source.
U.S. ends "virtual fence" project
on Mexican border. President Barack Obama's administration on Friday canceled the troubled "virtual
fence" project meant to better guard stretches of the vast U.S. border with Mexico and will replace it with other
security measures. The project, begun in 2006 and run by Boeing Co, has cost about $1 billion and was
designed to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and
smugglers trying to cross the porous border.
This is a secure border? Here's some of the
700 miles of border fence the Obama administration takes credit for. "Your grandma could get over or under," notes Mark
The virtual fence is abandoned:
Work to cease
on 'virtual fence' along U.S.-Mexico border. The Obama administration will halt new work on a
"virtual fence" on the U.S.-Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday
[3/16/2010], diverting $50 million in planned economic stimulus funds for the project to other purposes.
Napolitano said the freeze on work beyond two pilot projects in Arizona was pending a broader reassessment.
Arizona Can't Wait
Any Longer. Weren't we told, ladies and gentlemen, back in 2007 that amnesty would not be pushed
through Congress until we had secured the border? We were told this after the American people rose up and
opposed amnesty. Work was started on the "virtual fence," right? We were going to secure the border
after 2007 and gonna start work on the virtual fence. Anybody notice how that's been going? ... They
abandoned the virtual fence. They're about to stop funding for it. It was a pretend thing from
the get-go. It was illusory.
virtual border fence in tatters. The Department of Homeland Security, positioning itself to cut
its losses on a so-called invisible fence along the U.S.- Mexico border, has decided not to exercise a
one-year option for Boeing to continue work on the troubled multibillion-dollar project involving high-tech
cameras, radar and vibration sensors. The result, after an investment of more than $1 billion, may
be a system with only 53 miles of unreliable coverage along the nearly 2,000-mile border.
Sheriff Babeu: It's 'An Outrage' Obama Stopped
Building Border Fence. Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says it is "an outrage" the
Obama administration has stopped building the double-fencing needed to assist the Border Patrol in securing
the U.S.-Mexico border and says it is time for the United States to begin fighting illegal immigration and
drug smuggling directly at the border instead of within the country where it harms American citizens and
Grasp on Self-Governance. After the public stopped the 2007 amnesty bill, a seemingly
repentant Congress promised to build hundreds of miles of double-layered border fence. The lion's share
of the fence was meant to disrupt the high-volume human-trafficking areas along the Arizona-Mexico border.
It was a start. Unfortunately, the start never started. After delays due to land "surveying,"
the border fence has been mostly defunded and forgotten. Petitions over the federal government's failure
to follow through were met with only token promises of extra protection, virtual fences, and more resources
on the border.
builds the crisis, not a fence. In the ongoing chronicle of our broken southern border,
Arizona's Republican Sen. John Kyl charged late last month that in a recent one-on-one meeting, Mr. Obama
told him if he takes steps to secure the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico, Republicans would be less
likely to support comprehensive immigration reform, and therefore he would not do so. Politics: 1,
national security: 0.
Who Tore Down the Virtual Fence?
The need to secure our nation's borders has never been greater. Each and every day unknown thousands of
illegal aliens including, undoubtedly, criminals and terrorists easily make their way across our nation's borders.
Each and every day unknown tons of narcotics and ... other contraband are also smuggled into the United States
even as our nation's leaders talk about concerns about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) being smuggled into
the United States.
Just Finish the Fence.
Why did building the fence along our southern border stop? Instead of building the fence, Barack Obama
would rather build a political party of illegal aliens and their supporters. Unless we want to be dealing
with immigration problems in perpetuity, the fence must be completed.
After spending hundreds of millions of dollars on it,
Senators Call for Scrapping 'Virtual Fence'.
Two senators said Tuesday [4/20/2010] it's time to consider ending a contract for a "virtual fence" along the
U.S.-Mexico border, contending it doesn't stop illegal immigration.
The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico. Whatever
happened to the old-fashioned kind? If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it.
halts funding for 'virtual fence'. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday
[3/16/2010] that she has cut off funding for a costly surveillance system billed as a "virtual fence" to
protect the Southwest border.
finish in sight for 'virtual' border fence. A multibillion-dollar "virtual fence" along the
southwestern border promised for completion in 2009 to protect the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug
smugglers and a flood of illegal immigrants is a long way from becoming a reality, with government
officials unable to say when, how or whether it will ever be completed.
People From Countries Tied to Terrorism Enter USA through
Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators it is a national security
concern that people from countries with ties to terrorism could 'potentially' gain entry into the United States
by crossing the country's southern border. But according to the Department of Homeland Security's own
reports, thousands of people from 14 "special interest" countries already have come into the United States
illegally, including some across the U.S.-Mexico border.
laws put gaps in Mexico border security. In the battle on the U.S.-Mexico border, the fight against
illegal immigration often loses out to environmental laws that have blocked construction of parts of the "virtual
fence" and that threaten to create places where agents can't easily track illegal immigrants.
Mr. Obama, Put Up That Fence. According
to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), only 32 miles of the called-for 700 by the Congress in 2006 has
been erected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is in direct defiance of the will of the majority
of United States citizens and blame lies directly with Presidents Bush and Obama and the current Secretary of DHS, Janet
Napolitano all of whom favored open borders, free entry for illegal aliens and amnesty for those that are already
within our borders.
Feds Have Built Only 32 Miles
of 700 Mile Double-Border Fence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has built only 32 miles
of double-layer fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border out of the 700 miles originally mandated by a
2006 act of Congress, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Border Fence is Progressing.
The $2.7 billion border "fence" authorized by Congress to be built along stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border is
just over two-thirds finished — and should be mostly complete by the end of the year. But not
everyone is happy with it.
Texas officials sue US over border
fence. Texas mayors and business leaders filed a class-action lawsuit Friday [5/16/2008] alleging
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff hoodwinked landowners into waiving their property rights for
construction of a fence along the Mexican border.
Homeland Security Scrapping, Replacing Sub-Par
Virtual Fence Along Arizona-Mexico Border. The government will replace its highly touted "virtual
fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the
brand-new $20 million system because it doesn't work sufficiently, officials said.
Fence Virtually Gone. When Congress mandated that the Department of Homeland Security build a
200 mile fence along the border with Mexico, DHS decided to make 28 of those miles a "virtual
fence" — electronically monitored so that border security would be notified if anyone was
crossing. Great idea. Too bad it's a spectacular failure.
Southern Fence Will Endanger Species Further. The debate over the fence the United States is building along
its southern border has focused largely on the project's costs, feasibility and how well it will curb illegal immigration.
But one of its most lasting impacts may well be on the animals and vegetation that make this politically fraught landscape
Build the Fence Now.
There is an old saying that a good fence makes for good neighbors. This truism has never been more applicable
than with our Southern neighbor of Mexico. A good fence makes good immigration policy too. Unfortunately,
the current Senate Immigration Bill's focus is not on the fence. It is on making people who've broken the
law legal. Unless we want to be dealing with this issue again in five or 10 years, after millions
more illegals have entered our country, the fence must become the focus of any solution.
Building the first 100 miles of "virtual fence" will take Bush longer than it took FDR to win World War II.
The admission of failure comes two years after Bush announced plans for "the most technologically advanced
border initiative in American history."
Incredible Disappearing Border Fence. It's an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland
insecurity. It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. And
in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it's a helpful learning tool as you assess the promises of immigration
enforcement converts now running for president.
Senate Turns Back On Border Fence. In a quiet act of defiance, the Senate approved a
$555 billion omnibus spending bill that removed legal requirements mandating the federal government
fund 854 miles of a double layer border fence spanning America's southwestern border. The
funding requirement was codified into law when Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed,
the Secure Fence Act (SFA) in 2006.
A fence we can live with.
A tip of the hat to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for setting aside the environmental laws, as Congress permitted
him to do, to facilitate prompt completion of the remaining 470 miles of fence along the Mexican border. It's good
to see recognition that environmental concerns don't always trump everything else, especially national security.
Hutchison on defensive over border fence
amendment. In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison on Friday [1/11/2008] sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of
a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Patrol: 5 New Tricks to Find Smuggler Tunnels. The Department of Homeland Security says
tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border are proliferating as security is tightened aboveground. The
solution? A sensor network that peers through dirt and rock. The technologies to build it are
being developed with funding from the department's advanced research wing.
GOP Senate's Collective Contempt For Its Base. The physical fence is the outward manifestation of
an inward conviction to respect the will of the people. The rhetoric about virtual fence is
understood — rightly or wrongly but with certainty — to be a ruse
Mexican anger over US 'trespass'.
Mexico's Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier
between the two countries. Legislators say workers and equipment building a section of the barrier have
gone 10 yards into Mexico. The alleged border violation comes ahead of a high-level meeting in the
Canadian capital Ottawa.
Officials Criticize Fence Plan. A new map showing President Bush's planned border fence
has riled Rio Grande Valley officials, who say the proposed barrier reneges on assurances that the
river would remain accessible to farmers, wildlife and recreation.
Texas Cities Block Access to Border Land.
Mayors along the Texas-Mexico border have begun a quiet protest of the federal government's plans to build a
fence along the border: They are refusing to give access to their land. Mayors in Brownsville,
Del Rio and El Paso have denied access to some parts of their city property, turning away federal
employees assigned to begin surveys or conduct other preliminary work on the fence meant to keep out illegal
All talk and no action:
Senate denies funds for new border
fence. Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along
the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday [7/13/2006] voted against providing funds to build it.
immigration facade: Even if lawmakers had come up with all the funding to pay for the
fencing — and they didn't — barriers only squeeze more illegal immigrants through
those parts of the border that aren't fenced off. In the 1990s, crackdowns in El Paso and
San Diego sent millions of illegal immigrants to crossing points in the Arizona desert.
for 700-mile border fence falls short. President Bush's budget includes enough money to build only
half the U.S.-Mexico border fence Congress demanded last fall, leaving supporters of a 700-mile barrier seething
Monday and immigration advocates shrugging that it was just an election-year ploy.
building Arizona border fence. Scores of volunteers gathered at a remote ranch
Saturday [5/27/2006] to help a civilian border-patrol group start building a short security
fence in hopes of reducing illegal immigration from Mexico.
Rep. Pelosi criticizes border
fence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a plan to build fencing along parts of the Mexico border
a "terrible idea" that overlooks local communities. Pelosi made the comments during her trip to the Rio
Grande Valley for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Week conference at the University of
Lies about the
fence. An earlier Homeland Security appropriations bill earmarked $1.2 billion for border
security, so a down payment on the fence is available, but there is some question as to whether that money
will or won't be used for the fence, which would cover approximately one-third of our border with Mexico.
One thing is certain, however: The fence represents a great divide — not between Mexico and
the United States, but between those who believe in self-defense and those who don't.
barrier method works. A Monday story by the Reuters news service should be required reading for
anyone opposed to illegal immigration: "Experts see U.S. border fence plan as impractical" is a stunning
example of the intellectual dishonesty of Big Media and apologists for illegal aliens. And surely the
most stunning, how oblivious both seem to be about it.
Senate Vote, Congress Passes Border Fence Bill. The Senate gave final approval last night
to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the
U.S.-Mexico border, shelving President Bush's vision of a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration
laws in favor of a vast barrier.
protecting fragile areas on border. Only a few steps north of the barbed-wire fence that
separates the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge from Mexico is a chain of steel sawhorses that could
help save a park trampled by illicit visitors and littered with trash and rusting vehicles.
Company donates hi-tech fencing for Minuteman
group. A Washington-based company is donating up to $7 million worth of fiber-optic
security fencing material for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to use in any new barriers the group
erects to try to keep illegal immigrants out of Arizona.
Wall Costs Worth It. Now that
Congress is voting to build fences, punish burrowing illegals, and require Real ID's ofr citizens,
(agri-)businessmen and consumers are aghast that improving border security already costs them. The
added expense isn't just in resources like fence lumber, brick mortar, technology, and security manpower.
No, it's hitting home now that the new efforts to restrict illegal immigration may cause serious economic
disruptions. Have you noticed the cost of lettuce lately?
Senate OKs Border Fence, Mulls
Citizenship. The Senate voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the
Mexican border Wednesday [5/17/2006] and clashed over citizenship for millions of men and women who
live in the United States illegally.
Fence or no fence,
what's all the fuss about? History has shown that immigrants in search of freedom and prosperity
will climb over, tunnel under, or circumvent any fence. But if fencing helps pass a broad-based reform
bill, so be it.
Minutemen Gaining in Immigration
Debate. Minuteman organizers say this spring's marches have proved to be an unexpected
recruitment tool for Americans who feel uneasy about the burgeoning immigration movement but may have
considered the organization a pack of gun-toting vigilantes.
Minutemen turn away Arab news
crew. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has canceled plans for an Al Jazeera news crew to
interview volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border today after volunteers threatened to walk off
rattling Arizonans. After long downplaying the number of incursions along the Southwestern
border, top Border Patrol officials now acknowledge such incidents are all too common. Over the past
decade, the Department of Homeland Security has reported 231 incursions along the border, including 63 in
The Official Minuteman Civil
Defense Corps web site.
is key to any reform. Every sensible immigration policy has two objectives: (1) to
regain control of our borders so that it is we who decide who enters, and (2) to find a way to normalize
and legalize the situation of the 11 million illegals among us. Start with the second. No
one of good will wants to see these 11 million suffer. But the obvious problem is that
legalization creates an enormous incentive for new illegals to come.
Why a 'Virtual Fence' Is a Virtual
Farce: The notion that cameras mounted on Predator drones obviate the need for physical
barrier infrastructure should be dismissed as absurd on its face, yet several senators are promoting it
seriously. Upon examination, however, what they describe as a virtual fence is no such thing. They
do not describe a barrier, they describe a detection system.
Border Fence is
legitimate self-defense. Build a double border fence all the way from San Ysidro to Brownsville,
and patrol it well. Where geography prevents construction of a physical fence, deploy other resources
in sufficient number to shut down illegal crossings.
Highway sound barriers as
border fences? As discussion of erecting a security fence along U.S. borders with Mexico
and Canada heats up, some analysts say it's possible Washington could economically erect thousands of
miles of barrier to keep out illegal aliens, smugglers and terrorists, for about half of what the
Pentagon is spending a month to fight the war on terror.
the border? Social Security used to be called the third rail of politics but
illegal immigration is the real third rail that both political parties are afraid to touch. Cops
who find illegal aliens are under orders not to turn them in to the feds. And the federal
government's own border guards have their hands tied by the higher-ups as well.
to vote on bill that waives environmental laws. Congress is
expected to vote next week on a measure that would allow completion of a controversial
triple-fencing project along the U.S.-Mexico border near Imperial Beach [California] without
complying with state or federal environmental safeguards. The triple-fencing
project would run along the westernmost 3.5 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.