Fencing Our Border, Some Real Steps Taken
Also from CNN’s Lou Dobbs last night was this article which I found refreshing! Imagine, the government ACTUALLY DOING some fencing Here is Lou Dobbs Report: instead of just talking about it? Wow, boggles the brain sometimes. And while I do sympathize with environmentalists, in this case they are dead ass wrong. The environment is suffering MUCH more due to the illegal immigrant flood than by putting up this fence! So, without further adieu,
DOBBS: Department of Homeland Security today took a major step toward the actual construction of that fence along our southern border. DHS officials saying they will bypass dozens of environmental rules to meet its deadline for border fence construction.
Casey Wian has our report.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: When Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff donned a welding mask last year to show his commitment to building more border fencing, many border security activists were skeptical. But Chertoff’s department is making progress despite opposition from open borders advocates, environmentalists and some land owners.
Now DHS says it will use congressionally authorized waivers to bypass dozens of environmental laws and regulations that threaten to delay the border fence.
REP. DUNCAN HUNTER (R-CA), HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: I’m glad the administration is using it. If they weren’t using it, you’d have a myriad of lawsuits and we would see massive amounts of narcotics and illegal aliens being smuggled in as the lawsuits dragged on.
WIAN: Supporters say border fencing will reduce the massive amounts of trash left by illegal crossers. The DHS says it’s held more than 100 meetings with environmental groups, residents and lawmakers about the fence. But the Sierra Club is asking the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the construction waivers.
It says, “Waiving long-standing laws that protect the environment and our cultural heritage to build a wall along the Texas-Mexico border would undermine decades of work to establish and preserve a vibrant wildlife corridor”. Hence construction is also being delayed by legal challenges from some border land owners.
MICHAEL CHERTOFF, HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: But can we simply abandon the enterprise because it’s a problem for a particular individual and thereby creating an engraved invitation for drug dealers to move across or for people to shoot at our border patrol agents? I don’t think I can accept that.
WIAN: The department says it’s nearly halfway to its goal of 670 miles of new vehicle and pedestrian barriers on the border by year’s end.
WIAN: Chertoff says more border fencing has been built in the past year than during the previous 20 years. Even so, Congressman Hunter and other border security advocates say much more could be done, including building more double-layered fence, which has been effective in reducing illegal crossings near San Diego and elsewhere, Lou.
DOBBS: Well, I’ve got to say to Michael Chertoff who I have been immensely critical of, I think is a fair way to say it, good for him. This shows real resolve. He is acting like a responsible public servant. The Sierra Club, the precious little darlings, do they know what is happening to the environment along that 2,000 mile border or do they care or are they point of fact playing games here ideologically and politically?
WIAN: It’s interesting that the Sierra Club chose to ignore as a lot of these activist do the incredible environmental damage which we’ve documented over the years that the illegal aliens and the drug smugglers and everyone else down there on the border does. And you know the other interesting part of their statement is they mention our cultural heritage…
DOBBS: Yes, I noted it.
WIAN: … cultural heritage and you wonder why the Sierra Club is concerned about that. They also refer to the fence as many open borders advocates do as a wall. And most of it, as you know, Lou, a fence.
DOBBS: So the Sierra Club is politicizing the issue, they’re doing what many organizations have done who otherwise would be neutral parties or at least in the case of the Sierra Club worried about the environment. They’re playing political games, and they’re silly and they are horribly mistaken to do so, to take on the issue in a political and ideological sense.
And the Sierra Club can stick it. That will be the official position of this broadcast on that issue. Not withstanding some of the important environmental work they do.
When they step into this they’re stepping into the largest source of drugs entering this country, methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and every one of them who is a parent or who has a child, every one of them should be just ashamed of themselves because this is a disgusting perennial problem that has been allowed to fester for so long. It is horrible and we have an opportunity to fix it.
And the Sierra Club has come down on the wrong side of this issue by an immense margin. Casey, thank you very much and remarkably I have to say my compliments to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Thanks for doing the right thing.
Now, I don’t understand why DHS has to go through, or take up, private property to build this fence. It seems to me there is plenty of OPEN land available that they shouldn’t have to do that. But you know government, they just run over people.
What I AM glad to see is that it is at last doing something. Anything is better than nothing. My concern is that they are stepping on the Citizens of this country in the process. That should NEVER happen. We need the fence, we actually need a double fence, but we need our Citizen’s rights protected also along with their property rights. This is NOT an easy issue to deal with. Again, WHY are they having to go through OWNED property when there is so much UNOWNED property available?
We’ll have to wait and see what happens with court cases now in court. I hope the courts will do the right thing by the Citizens as well as take into consideration that we do need the fencing. I just don’t understand why the government needs OWNED land. Not being from those areas, I have little knowledge of what is actually going on down there.
And as for the Sierra Club, while I’ve been a supporter of theirs in the past, in this case, we are on opposite sides of the fence. No pun intended. I am concerned for the animals in the area, but they are surely gone with the flood of illegals, drug cartels and guns in the area. Guys, if you are going to take a stance, have it make sense here.
I’d like to leave you with this thought; if so many illegal Mexicans are using this path to get into the United States of America, just how many terrorists, do you think, could also?