President Bush signed a bill allowing for 700 miles of fencing at the US-Mexico border:
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they’re tough on illegal immigration.
“Unfortunately the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise,” Bush said at a signing ceremony.
“We have a responsibility to enforce our laws,” he said. “We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take this responsibility serious.”
He called the fence bill “an important step in our nation’s efforts to secure our borders.”
That’s all well and good, but the question is will it actually happen? Allah at Hot Air says no way.
One of the reasons is that the funding is still up in the air. From CNN:
But missing from the law are the funds to pay for it. (Map of planned fencing)
The act provides no funding mechanism for the fence, though a $1.2 billion appropriation was approved as part of a bill the president signed this month. There are no concrete numbers, but estimates suggest the fence would cost twice that amount. The earlier bill, however, stipulates that the $1.2 billion could be used for a fence, lighting, vehicle barriers and high-tech equipment.
In addition to funding, or the lack of it, being an issue, we also have the problem of Democrats who see border security as a political tool rather than a national security threat. Senate candidate from Michigan Mike Bouchard, writing at RedState, expresses his frustrations:
What frustrates me most with Washington, is the fact that illegal immigration is a political football being tossed around by partisan players instead of practitioners.
Take for example a statement issued just moments ago, by a spokesman for the Democratic Party who lashed out at the border fence bill which the President signed this morning, as an “election year stunt.”
“By abandoning comprehensive immigration reform and embracing election-year political stunts, President Bush and Republicans in Washington have once again put the interests of their party above the interests of the American people,” said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Luis Miranda.
Redstate readers, and I, look at things a little bit differently. We see a problem, identify the solution, and use common sense to move the ball forward. In my business, if the right decisions aren’t made quickly, people can die.