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Democrats Weaken Border Fence

Posted by Joshua Price on December 18, 2007

In yet another example of this government’s, and particularly the Democrats’, unwillingness to properly secure our border with Mexico Congress has cut funding for the proposed two-tier fence.

From today’s Washington Times:

Congress last night passed a giant new spending bill that undermines current plans for a U.S.-Mexico border fence, allowing the Homeland Security Department to build a single-tier barrier rather than the two-tier version that has worked in California.
The spending bill, written by Democrats and passed 253-154 with mostly their votes, surrenders to President Bush’s budget demands, meeting his spending limit with a $515 billion bill to fund most of the federal government and setting up votes to pay for the Iraq war. But Democrats reached his goal in part by slashing his defense and foreign-aid priorities to pay for added domestic spending.

This ought to speak volumes about the Democrat-controlled Congress. I’m the Dems will go around saying that they compromised on President Bush’s request to cut spending, but the only being compromised is our national security.

Again, from today’s Washington Times:

The 2006 Secure Fence Act specifically called for “two layers of reinforced fencing” and listed five specific sections of border where it should be installed. The new spending bill removes the two-tier requirement and the list of locations.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was rightfully displeased by the Democrats’ weakening of U.S. border security:

“The fact that this was buried in a bloated, 3,500-page omnibus speaks volumes about the Democrats’ unserious approach on border security and illegal immigration…

Gutting the Secure Fence Act will make our borders less secure, but it’s consistent with the pattern of behavior we’ve seen all year from this majority.”

I just love how our government is working. First it wastes taxpayer’s money on many ineffective or useless programs, or pork barrel spending, and then when this out-of-control spending is acknowledged Congress attempts to remedy the situation by cutting funding for necessary security upgrades. Yes, that makes perfect sense.

What kind of logic is that? Answer: there is no logic; it’s a political game.

We are being invaded by an overwhelming number of illegals (approximately 40% of all immigrants are illegal) and all our Congress and President can do is engage in the endless cycle of Washington’s political power plays.

Make no mistake: this government is still not serious about securing our borders.

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