Since its initial passage, politicians on both sides of the political aisle have been attempting to, one way or another, stop the expansion of the border fence down South. Illegal alien apologists and big business lobbyists alike have come together to do everything possible to stop us from securing our Souther border. So, this really comes as no surprise.
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 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 Democrats said they were just adopting the Senate version, which was backed by a bipartisan group of border-state senators and passed the Senate several times this year.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas Republican who has led the charge to change the 2006 law, said she wants to give Homeland Security more flexibility and wants local officials and landowners to be consulted.
“Senator Hutchison believes that Customs and Border Protection can better decide how to utilize limited resources to secure the border than a congressman from Maine,” said Matt Mackowiak, Mrs. Hutchison’s spokesman. He said double-tier fencing has worked in San Diego, but it might not be the right solution for the entire fence.
But Rep. Peter T. King, who sponsored the Secure Fence Act, said if the goal was to give DHS flexibility, the senators have failed.
“This is either a blatant oversight or a deliberate attempt to disregard the border security of our country,” the New York Republican said. “As it’s currently written, the omnibus language guts the Secure Fence Act almost entirely. Quite simply, it is unacceptable.”
But, it’s not like Congress has forgotten about the issue of illegal immigration. In fact, the spending bill appropriates $10 million in emergency funding for the attorneys of illegal aliens. Border fence? Nope. Funds so illegal aliens can fight their deportation? Bring it on!
On a side note, Jim Gilchrist is having second thoughts about Mike Huckabee. Apparently, and I know you’ll be shocked, Huck has a less-than-stellar record on illegal immigration.