Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Where's The Fence?

In homage to Where's the Beef campaign, GrassFire.org brings you Where's The Fence:


Congress passed and the President signed a law in October of 2006 requiring the building of 700 miles of border fence of which only 11 miles have been built?

Congress followed up and provided $1.2 billion specifically for border security fence funding it in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act:


For expenses for customs and border protection fencing, infrastructure, and technology, $1,187,565,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of the amount provided under this heading, $1,159,200,000 is designated as described in section 520 of this Act: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, $950,000,000 shall not be obligated until the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives receive and approve a plan for expenditure, prepared by the Secretary of Homeland Security and submitted within 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, to establish a security barrier along the border of the United States of fencing and vehicle barriers, where practicable, and other forms of tactical infrastructure and technology...

The President was all to happy to extol the bill's virtues at the signing ceremony:

...The bill also includes $7.5 billion in vital funding to address the serious problem of illegal immigration. We're going to get control of our borders. We'll make this country safer for all our citizens...


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