Desert Invasion - U.S.
Momentum builds for fence along U.S.-Mexican border
By Mimi Hall, USA Today
November 17, 2005
A once-radical idea to build a 2,000-mile steel-and-wire fence on the U.S.-Mexican border is gaining momentum amid warnings that terrorists can easily sneak into the country.
In Congress, a powerful Republican lawmaker this week proposed building such a fence across the entire border and two dozen other lawmakers signed on. And via the Internet, a group called weneedafence.com ( (http://www.weneedafence.com) ) has raised enough money to air TV ads warning that the border is open to terrorists.
... Secretary Michael Chertoff this fall waived environmental laws so that construction can continue on a 14-mile section of fence near San Diego that has helped border agents stem the flow of illegal migrants and drug runners.
"You have to be able to enforce your borders," says California Rep. Duncan Hunter, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He's proposing a fence from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas. "It's no longer just an immigration issue. It's now a national security issue."
Colin Hanna of weneedafence.com ( (http://www.weneedafence.com) ) says "there is incredible momentum on this issue"...
...The Bush administration argues that a Berlin Wall-style barrier would be a huge waste of money — costing up to $8 billion....
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