Forget the fence.. It’s gone… Last month -- when they thought you weren’t looking -- the U.S. Senate passed a $555 billion omnibus spending bill that contained a tiny amendment revoking the mandate that the fence be built as originally specified.- - - - - - - - -
And guess who slyly slipped in the amendment to gut SFA: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas -- a state that has been ravaged and savaged by illegal immigration.
Her amendment reads:
“Nothing in this paragraph shall require the secretary of homeland security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors in a particular location along an international border of the United States, if the secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location.”
Those who had fought to stop illegal immigration were stunned and angry.
Congressman Duncan Hunter said: “If Congress is to reverse its border stance after just one year, what message does that send to illegal immigrants and drug smugglers who are watching to see how serious we are about protecting America’s borders .”
As the Center put it:
Congressman Hunter was the driving force behind the building of the border fence in San Diego.
That fence consists of two layers with a Border Patrol access road separating the layers.
Congressman Hunter says the fence has reduced the smuggling of drugs and illegal aliens into San Diego BY A PHENOMENAL 90 PERCENT!
“If you get over my fence,” he says, “we sign you up for the Olympics immediately.”
In fact, he wrote the Secure Fence Act, which originally required a double layer border fence, just like the one in San Diego. The Hutchison amendment killed that requirement too.
TWO-FACED POLITICIANS -- REPUBLICANS AS WELL AS DEMOCRATS -- HAD NO INTENTION OF BUILDING A FENCE WHEN THEY PASSED THE ACT.
They voted for it while winking at one another, certain the time would come when you and I wouldn’t notice or even care when they hauled the Secure Fence out to the Washington city dump.
That’s what the Senate did. We need to find out if the House of Representatives plans to take up this issue again. Go to the legislative site of the Library of Congress to get bill information and the contact for your representative. Again...