Archive for Friday, October 27, 2006

Bush signs fence bill

October 27, 2006


— 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.

His White House signing ceremony for the new fence law, just 12 days before the Nov. 7 elections, gave Republicans something to point to as they try to convince voters their party would do a better job of cracking down on illegal immigrants and keeping criminals and terrorists out.

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.

A 14-mile stretch under construction in the San Diego area is estimated to cost $126.5 million.


xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

Don't often agree with ljreader, but his 11:14 p.m. post was right on the money.

Indeed, why not penalize employers who hire/use illegals? Have the FBI raid three or four dozen businesses, even big corporations - and have the papers and the six o'clock news show employers being led out handcuffed for hiring illegal immigrants - and a clear message would be sent.

A fence is good, a necessary step, but other things have to occur too - like penalizing employers who break the law and undermine efforts to curb illegal immigration.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Actually it was Reagan/Bush who opened the flood gates to bust unions and probaly became a part of the republican voter base if they became legal.

Frankly this high tech fence will likely be a very high tax dollar operation not to mention ineffective. But Boeing loves those tax dollars and Bush loves spending those tax dollars.

Confrontation 11 years, 7 months ago

Please, oh please, can we put Bush on the other side of the fence?

bearded_gnome 11 years, 6 months ago

low-tech fence, high-tech/virtual fence, fine, whatever. both should prove the utility of fences!

mexico criticizes this effort, ha-ha! their government fascilitates border crossings and looks the other way RE major drug corruption in police/military in their northern states! its said they fascilitated some of those illegal imigrant rallies across the u.s., too. we should limit how much money can be sent back by workers in the u.s. to mexico. that'd fix the problem fast.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

Here is the 2 billion dollar fence. Why not bust the employers instead if this is such a big deal?

Reuters September 22nd, 2006

Boeing Co. has been chosen to build a "virtual fence" using sensors and cameras along the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada to help control illegal immigration in a contract projected to be worth up to $2 billion.

The Secure Border Initiative, or SBInet, will be launched along a 28-mile swath of the border near Tucson, Arizona, and eventually be expanded to some 6,000 miles of border areas, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. "What we are looking to build is a virtual fence, a 21st-century virtual fence," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a news conference. Chertoff said the first stage of the three-year contract was worth $67 million, but refused to say how much the entire contract was worth. The contract can be extended for up to three additional years.

Boeing and competitor Northrop Grumman are on record estimating the value of the multiyear contract at $2 billion.

"The key to this is integration. Prior efforts to put technology on the border have been focused on individual tools, but not on putting all the tools together," Chertoff said.

Last year more than 1.2 million people were caught trying to cross the borders into the United States, and experts estimate at least that many slipped by undetected. Last week the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of building about 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico. The controversial fence has been criticized by Mexico and by Democrats who say it is just aimed at gathering Republicans votes in the Nov. 7 election.

SBInet will use different types of technologies, depending on the terrain, Chertoff said. Boeing will help unify existing technologies and install new tracking sensors, cameras and communications equipment so border agents can keep a closer eye on cities and deserts in the Southwest as well as on lakes and forested mountains along the Canadian border.

Boeing's project proposal also included relying on more than 300 radar towers along the borders, some supplemented with cameras developed by Israel's Elbit Systems Ltd. which can spot people nearly 9 miles away and vehicles at distances of up to 12 miles.

Under the program, Boeing and its partners will also work to improve physical infrastructure along the border areas to help agents do their job. After SBInet is deployed in Arizona, it will be rolled out in segments to other parts of the border based on highest traffic areas, Chertoff said.

Other partners of Boeing in the bid include L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. , Unisys Corp. , Perot Systems Corp. , DRS Technologies , Elbit unit Kollsman Inc., Lucent Technologies , Centech and USIS.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

Is this fence going to fly? Why else would all these aerospace companies be bidding on it?

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

Don't forget what is occurring in Oaxaca. That is the southern Mexico Border. Yeah it is populated with the refuse from their south. It is a classic "bordre battle" event. Where the socialist libs in Mexico are trying to validate illegal immigration into Mexico, and the locals there want it to stop.

That is what is coming here. Border war, outright and anything American and not latino or hispanic will be shot and killed.

Any of you lovers of aliens and illegal immigration want that?

Have you seen what is happening in Kansas????


Check out the Wichita Eagle:

The numbers and events don't lie.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

"Any of you lovers of aliens and illegal immigration want that?"

The key to stopping illegal immigration is to make it possible for people to stay where they are. Neo-liberal, corporate friendly policies such as CAFTA, NAFTA, etc., have exactly the opposite effect.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

"Neo-liberal, corporate friendly policies such as CAFTA, NAFTA, etc., have exactly the opposite effect."

Bozo, I agree with that fully!

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

Another thing everyone should read.

WE (the USof A) do not control our southern border.... the drug cartels do. WHen you support illegal immigration... you by default support these thugs and the corrupt Mexican and other South American governments how do't care about their people.

THIS is a sobering read.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 6 months ago

A Texan must have taken your woman once!

carolannfugate 11 years, 6 months ago

Quick someone call the ACLU to defend the rights of Texans. Maybe they could hold a march or something.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 6 months ago

congrats to you patriotman. nice to have the first!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 6 months ago

Aggie, while I agree with the scale of your enforcement for employers, I think instead of shutting down the businesses and thereby harming legal american workers, instead any employer who knowingly hires illegals should be charged as a traitor, with all the attendant charges: loss of citizenship; potential death penalty. if mexico wasn't so bad off then breaking our laws wouldn't be so attractive for the illegals. if we shut down the high number of remittances, illegal employment, and use of social services, then I believe a large number of the millions here would simply return to mexico. they got themselves here, they can return.

staff04 11 years, 6 months ago

Won't be funded. More lip service from the Republicans in Congress. Just like the 9/11 Commission Act, which authorized thousands of new border patrol agents. They never funded them though. That's all this bill is--an authorization. When the time comes to do the appropriating, tax cuts for the rich will prove to be more important, as they did this year when Democrats tried to increase funding for the Border Patrol b/c the admin and House leadership could only see fit to provide funding for 287 new agents instead of the 4600 they themselves said we needed.

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