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Study: Price for border fence up to $49 billion Study says, fence cost could reach $49 billion / Lawmakers' estimate falls far short of total
http://charliebigfeet.blogspot.com/2011/11/us-mexico-border-fence-great-wall-of.htmlStudy: Price for border fence up to $49 billion Study says, fence cost could reach $49... more
Why spoil YOUR morning coffee. Let ME do it FOR you!
http://www.mybrainflakes.com/2011/09/08/last-nights-gop-debate-summarized-for-the-working-person/Why spoil YOUR morning coffee. Let ME do it FOR you!... more
Arizona seeks online donations to complete border fence...The goal is to use online donations and prison labor to build a beefed-up border fence, according to the New York Daily News. Donors may be given certificates declaring they helped build the wall.
Supporters will have the ability to donate their money as soon as lawmakers launch the online fundraising campaign, according to an Associated Press story. Last month, Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation that gives the state the green light to launch a website to raise money for the fence work, according to news reports.
Arizona state Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, sponsored the bill.
"We're going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it," Smith told the Associated Press.
About 650 miles of fencing already exists along the U.S.-Mexico border. A good portion of that fencing is in Arizona – a gateway for people seeking to cross illegally and drug traffickers, according to the New York Daily News.
The fence fundraiser is just the latest effort by Arizona officials who are seeking to combat illegal immigration.
Democrats and critics have called the effort symbolic legislation that doesn't really address border security, according to a National Public Radio story.
http://www.ocregister.com/news/fence-299679-arizona-border.htmlArizona seeks online donations to complete border fence...The goal is to use online... more
A new bill signed by Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer authorizes the construction of a security fence along the state's portion of the U.S.-Mexico border, by itself or in an agreement with other states.
The bill was one of 28 Brewer signed on Thursday. The Arizona legislature, which wrapped up its legislative session this week, sent numerous bills to the governor's desk to be approved. In all, Brewer approved more than 350 bills while vetoing nearly 30 as of Saturday.
SB-1406, "Allows the governor to build a border fence along the Arizona-Mexico border located on private, state or federal property if permitted," the Arizona Republic reported.
It's unclear how much the bill will cost. The Associated Press reported, "The bill does not specify a cost or make an appropriation but says the state would use donations, inmate labor and private contractors."
Brewer's spokesperson, Matt Benson, declined to comment Friday on whether she planned to invoke it.
On Monday, Brewer sent a letter to President Obama asking him to extend the National Guard's deployment--which ends in June--along the state's border. "I am concerned that when the current mission ends in June, the gains we have made will be immediately lost" Brewer wrote.
Arizona already has a 646-foot fence that covers about 30 percent of the approximately 2,000 mile border between the two countries. http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/04/gov-brewer-signs-bill-authorizing-construction-border-fence-arizonaA new bill signed by Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer authorizes the... more
"The governor's filing hammers on the issue of the state's unreimbursed costs for jailed illegal immigrants..,"
Well, she has finally made her money-move on the government. Connect the money=prison beds dots.
This woman is skating on thin ice, and someone needs to dig into her obvious CONFLICT OF INTEREST with the prison ponzi scheme she's cooked up with her cronies.
This has nothing to do with POROUS BORDERS. It has everything to do with FLEECING the Govt. of MY hard earned TAX DOLLARS. She is using a situation to enrich herself and the goons she has aligned herself with.
But we should believe her right? After all there are all those beheaded bodies all over Arizona."The governor's filing hammers on the issue of the state's... more
Vanguard correspondent Christof Putzel travels to the U.S./Mexico border to investigate one of the most contentious issues in America today: immigration. Meeting with "coyotes," the hired smugglers who offer to take illegals across the border for a fee, Putzel learns the methods immigrants use to evade border patrol and the dangers they face on the journey. Arrest and deportation are inherent risks, but the lack of water and scorching temperatures of the desert crossing are far more deadly. Those who do make it safely across the border face tightening immigration laws and an increasingly hostile public. Putzel ultimately crosses the border with a migrant and coyote.
"Life And Death On The Border" premieres Monday, November 15 at 9/8c on Current TV.
"Vanguard," airing weekly on Current TV Mondays at 9/8c, is a no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Kaj Larsen, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.
For more, go to http://current.com/vanguard.Vanguard correspondent Christof Putzel travels to the U.S./Mexico border to... more
This delightful video, which mashes up Arizona Senator John McCain's "complete the danged fence" ad with Star Wars. Surely this is something that everyone on the Morning Joe show can laugh about, if they aren't laughed out already, thinking about that terrible ad.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/14/john-mccains-complete-the_n_577046.html?utm_source=PoliticsThis delightful video, which mashes up Arizona Senator John McCain's... more
Over 300 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexican border that was supposed to prevent illegal immigrations and smugglers from crossing was stripped by Congress from a Department of Homeland security bill.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had offered an amendment for the installation of 700 miles along the border but it did not remain in the bill. DeMint's provision was that 300 miles of low-rise vehicle barriers and vitual fencing, using cameras and sensors, could not count towards the 700 miles the U.S. government had promised to build.Over 300 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexican border that was supposed to prevent... more
It will cost taxpayers $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to maintain the fence along the U.S-Mexico border, according to a government audit.
I wonder how much is the enviromental cost of this wall?It will cost taxpayers $6.5 billion over the next 20 years to maintain the fence along... more
By Eoin O'Carroll
Those who wish to secure America’s borders from ocelots, pronghorn antelopes, gray wolves, and bighorn sheep scored a victory earlier this month, as an amendment to a Homeland Security bill passed by the House mandates an additional 369 miles of fence that will prevent these animals from crossing the border.
The border wall, which was constructed after waiving three dozen federal environmental laws, is expected to be successful in reducing populations of these and other species, most of whom do not speak English or pay taxes. The science news site PhysOrg reports on a study for the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Biology, which found that Sonoran bighorn sheep populations north of the border rely on contact with those on the other side of the border to maintain genetic diversity.
A 2007 report in Salon found that habitat fragmentation was also reducing populations of ocelots – a rare species of wildcat that some argue could potentially steal jobs from Americans.
Indeed, the only large mammal whose migration is largely unaffected by the border wall are H. sapiens, whose opposable thumbs and developed neocortex enable them to simply use ladders or dig tunnels under the fence. Last year, the Federation of American Scientists reported that the US Border Patrol had discovered 93 cross-border tunnels since 1990.
What’s more, almost half of illegal human immigrants avoided the border wall altogether by entering the US on a legal visa – an option not available to members of other species.
Still, by some measures, the border wall can be considered a success. Since its construction, there have been no reports of pronghorn antelopes enrolling in public schools, and the number of ocelots working in service industries appears to have been sharply reduced.By Eoin O'Carroll Those who wish to secure America’s borders from... more
“On the day of its first foreign policy discussions with Mexico, the Obama administration remains mum on whether it will honor a campaign promise to alter a Bush administration policy establishing a massive fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including in federally protected areas.”
So far, the Department of Homeland Security has erected about 613 miles of new pedestrian fencing and vehicle barriers to thwart illegal border crossers and drug smugglers trying to enter the United States.
While President Obama voted for the 2005 Secure Fence Act as an Illinois senator, he pledged on the campaign trail last year to review the Bush administration's fortification efforts, in part due to concerns about environmental impacts.
"I think that the key is to consult with local communities, whether it's on the commercial interests or the environmental stakes of creating any kind of barrier," Obama said last year at a debate in Austin, Texas.
While acknowledging that some areas may need fencing, Obama said deploying new surveillance technology and stepping up patrols would "be the better approach."
Yet almost three months into the new administration, neither Obama nor Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are addressing the issue. Meanwhile, construction is beginning on two new sections of the fence, one through the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas, and another in the Otay Mountain Wilderness in California's San Diego County.“On the day of its first foreign policy discussions with Mexico, the Obama... more
Ruthless drug cartels in Mexico are battling against each other and against the government for control of the drug trade. 2008 was the most violent year in Mexico, with around 6,000 drug-related murders. 2009 looks like it could be even worse. And there are fears that Mexico's narco-violence could spread north of the border into the U.S. In this one-hour Vanguard report, Laura Ling travels to the border towns of Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico where drugs gangs are fighting for control of the drug routes into the United States. Ling also goes to the city of Culiacan in Sinaloa State, a region that's known as the birthplace of narco-trafficking in Mexico. Despite the 40,000 federal troops that are patrolling cities across Mexico, violence is increasing and the methods of killings are becoming even more brazen and grotesque. Ling speaks with gun dealers in El Paso, Texas and U.S. officials about the illegal smuggling of weapons into Mexico--90% of the weapons seized in Mexico have been traced back to the U.S. She examines the culture of corruption and lack of public trust in a police force that has become known for working with the cartels.
Vanguard is Current TV's award-winning documentary series. Whether it's half a world away or in our own backyard, Vanguard goes there to bring you stories about the most important issues of our time. Led by reporters Laura Ling, Christof Putzel, Mariana van Zeller, Adam Yamaguchi and Kaj Larsen, Vanguard airs on Wednesday at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific and can be found online at current.com/vanguard.Ruthless drug cartels in Mexico are battling against each other and against the... more
Do we really need to spend millions more on a fence right now? Thanks to the US economy, immigrants are leaving the US via the southern border, not trying to get in illegally.
"The government has completed 500 miles of fencing along the Southwest border, 170 miles short of its goal."
"Congress has set aside $2.7 billion for the fence since 2006. But there's no estimate how much the entire system — the physical fence and the technology — will cost to build, let alone maintain."
"The fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is not intended to stop illegal immigration altogether, but make it more difficult for people to enter the U.S. illegally, Bush administration officials say."Do we really need to spend millions more on a fence right now? Thanks to the US... more
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — At a time of tumult over immigration, with illegal workers routed from businesses, record levels of deportations, border walls getting taller and longer, Friendship Park here has stood out as a spot where international neighbors can chat easily over the fence.
Or through it, anyway. Families and friends, some of them unable to cross the border because of legal or immigration trouble, exchange kisses, tamales and news through small gaps in the tattered chain-link fence. Yoga and salsa dancing, communion rites, protest and quiet reflection all transpire in the shadow of a stone obelisk commemorating the area where Mexican and American surveyors began demarcating the border nearly 160 years ago after the war between the countries.
“It’s hard to see each other, to touch,” said Manuel Meza, an American citizen sharing coffee and lunch through the fence with his wife, who was deported and now drives three hours for regular visits at the fence. “It’s strange, but our love is stronger than the fence.”
But in a sign of changing times, new border fencing that the Department of Homeland Security is counting on to help curtail illegal crossings and attacks on Border Patrol agents will slice through the park, limiting access to the monument and fence-side socializing.
In addition to the fence, a second, steel mesh barrier will line the border for several yards on the United States side, creating a no-man’s land intended to slow or stop crossings.
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — At a time of tumult over immigration, with illegal... more
Each face would be overlaid with the rusted chain links of the US-Mexico border fence, but Jorge Ibarra snapped the photos anyway.
There was his cousin, holding up her baby boy for the family to see. There was his aunt, wiping her eyes under the shade of her parasol. And there was his grandmother, her face filled with joy as she touched her daughter's fingertips through the fence.
Ibarra, 17, of National City, Calif., shot the family photos on a recent Sunday afternoon here, where the 2,000-mile line separating the United States and Mexico reaches the Pacific Ocean. For years, Mexican American families have flocked to this beachside park to meet and feed loved ones through the modest openings of the fence.
But the days of such reunions are numbered. Starting this month, construction of a more fortified barrier along the southern edge of the park and the three miles to the east will begin as part of the federal government's crackdown on drug and document smuggling, illegal crossings, and violence in the surrounding area.
Two 15-foot-high fences will flank the current one, creating a 90-foot-wide tract for a paved border patrol road and stadium lights, according to Angela de Rocha, a US Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman. The gap will transform the gatherings here, preventing touching and close conversation. With only distant glimpses to offer, it may mark an end to many, if not all, such visits.
"We don't know when they're going to do it," said Ibarra, standing with his sister, mother, and nephews. "So we've been trying to come every weekend."
The $60 million construction project makes up the western portion of the San Diego Border Infrastructure System, a 14-mile, federally mandated barrier that dates to 1996. Representative Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, secured funding for the fence and thousands more Border Patrol Officers to combat rampant smuggling of illegal immigrants and border gangs who raped, robbed, and murdered along portions of this border north of Tijuana.
Some construction was completed, cutting the numbers of illegal immigrants, bandits, and drug smugglers who traversed the border, Hunter said.
But until this year, litigation has delayed construction of these three miles. Environmental groups opposed flattening terrain by lopping the tops off two mesas and pouring 5.5 million cubic feet of dirt into a canyon known as Smuggler's Gulch, an area prone to narcotics smuggling.
In 2005, when Congress gave Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff the power to waive all regulations that govern border construction, the project was cleared to proceed.
A newly erected mesh enclosure in the 418-acre park has squeezed visitors into a smaller space, sending them down to the beach or a small strip on a bluff. Most prefer the bluff near the 1851 border monument, the Italian marble obelisk that marks the end of the Mexican-American War and Mexico's ceding of the land that now forms the southwestern United States.
This is where visitors come now, against the backdrop of Tijuana's Bull Ring, with umbrellas or folding chairs slung under their arms. They bring photo albums. They share updates.
But the scene is not as harmless as it looks, said Lloyd Easterling, assistant chief with the Border Patrol. Drugs and false documents are passed through the fence's holes - holes that are repeatedly repaired and sliced open - while thieves cross illegally to burglarize nearby communities.
Easterling said agents are compassionate toward visitors and families. Many have relatives of their own living in Mexico, he said. But with smuggling and assaults increasing, he said, securing the border is necessary. Each face would be overlaid with the rusted chain links of the US-Mexico border fence,... more
Calling it an affront to religious freedom, representatives of an Arizona Indian tribe have asked the federal government to halt construction of a border fence across the tribe's Arizona reservation.
Leaders of the Tohono O'odham nation say the fence, currently being built along the U.S.-Mexican border by the Department of Homeland Security, will prevent members of their nation from crossing into Mexico for traditional religious ceremonies.
"This wall and the construction of this wall has destroyed our communities, our burial sites and ancient Tohono O'odham routes throughout our lands," said Ofelia Rivas, according to the Washington Times.
Rivas argued that the fence will violate the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act, which guarantees free exercise of traditional religious practices for Native Americans. She said that the fence would disrupt such practices by limiting travel to and from O'odham land in Mexico.
The Tohono O'odham reservation straddles the Mexican border for 75 miles in Arizona, and extends south into Mexico. According to the 2000 census, 18,000 people live on the reservation, which spans an area roughly the size of Connecticut.
Rivas' statement is the latest salvo from the Tohono O'odham nation protesting the fence. The community has been at odds with the federal government in recent years over how best to deal with undocumented immigrants and smugglers who cross through tribal lands.
Testifying in front of a House subcommittee last April, the nation's chairman, Ned Norris Jr., called the Department of Homeland Security "inflexible" and "unreasonable," and framed the fence as part of a larger problem facing the nation.
"Our land is now cut in half, with O'odham communities, sacred sites, salt pilgrimage routes, and families divided," Norris said. "We did not cross the 75 miles of border within our reservation lands. The border crossed us." Calling it an affront to religious freedom, representatives of an Arizona Indian... more
In an aggressive move to finish building 670 miles of border fence by the end of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will waive federal environmental laws to meet that goal.
The two waivers, which will allow the department to slash through a thicket of environmental and cultural laws, would be the most expansive to date, encompassing land in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas that stretches about 470 miles.
The waivers are highly controversial with environmentalists and border communities, which see them as a federal imposition that could damage the land and disrupts wildlife.
Fences solve nothing and this waste of effort is at the expense of a diverse ecosystem. How this is not seen an unconstitutional baffles me.
In an aggressive move to finish building 670 miles of border fence by the end of this... more
The government's plan to build a 670-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border took another step forward Monday when the Supreme Court turned away a legal challenge from environmentalists.
The court's action clears the way for U.S. officials to press ahead with the project with little worry that judges will be able to stop it.
Three years ago, Congress gave Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff an unusual power to "waive all legal requirements" that could stand in the way of building the fence. These requirements included the nation's environmental protection laws. The same congressional action took away the authority of judges to review Chertoff's decisions.
Last year, after Chertoff waived at least 20 laws and regulations to complete a section of the fence in Arizona, two environmental groups sued. They said it was unconstitutional to give a Cabinet secretary such sweeping power.
But a federal judge rejected that claim. And on Monday the Supreme Court without comment declined to hear a petition submitted by Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.
The high court's refusal is not a ruling, and it doesn't mean the justices won't reconsider the issue. But for now, Chertoff and his department have the go-ahead to proceed with the fence. Nearly half the barrier has been built.
Oliver Bernstein, a spokesman for the Sierra Club in Austin, Texas, called the court's action "unfortunate."
"This decision leaves one man -- the secretary of the Homeland Security -- with the extraordinary power to ignore any and all of the laws designed to protect the American people, our lands and our natural resources," Bernstein said. "Today's decision will allow the DHS to continue to waive key health, environmental and safety laws that have protected communities, wildlife, archaeological, historic and cultural resources."
Fourteen House Democrats and a group of law professors had urged the Supreme Court to take the case. They agreed with the environmentalists that it was unprecedented to give a Cabinet member so much power while also stripping judges of the authority to review the legality of his actions.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), a proponent of the law, called the court's action "a victory for the American people" and a milestone toward finishing the barrier.
"According to recent estimates, nearly half a million illegal immigrants cross the border annually," Smith said. "The court's refusal to hear the case . . . ensures that the DHS can carry out Congress' mandate to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border without legal restrictions or interference from environmentalists."
The project still faces legal challenges from landowners and tribal groups. It is unclear whether judges have the authority to act on such claims. The government's plan to build a 670-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border took... more