President Bush did the right thing today and signed into law the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061).
From the Federation for American Immigration Reform (“FAIR“), this summation:
The bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to construct approximately 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.- Mexico border. While there is no funding for the fence in H.R. 6061, approximately $1.2 billion was set aside in the FY07 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) for fencing, vehicle barriers and technology. This amount was significantly less than the $1.8 billion sought by proponents and represents more of a down-payment than full funding for the project. President Bush signed the appropriations bill earlier this month.
Legislation for a 2,000 mile border fence was originally sponsored by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Virgil Goode (R-VA). The idea for fencing on the border gained support of powerful members of the House, including Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Peter King (R-NY). In the Senate, Senator Sessions (R-AL) worked tirelessly to promote the fence and obtain funding for it. When the House refused to go to conference with the Senate guest worker amnesty bill, these members set out to reintroduce the partial fence provision as a stand-alone bill. They were successful, and the bill passed both houses last month…
To see how your Representatives and Senators voted on the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061), click here.
The building of a partial fence on our southern border is only the first step towards true immigration reform. Many more measures need to be taken by our elected officials to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders. FAIR will be working to get Congressional action on an employment eligibility verification system, eliminating document fraud, improving the detention and removal process, and many other items.
To see FAIR’s checklist for action, click here.
Liberals nationwide used the media to denounce the Border Fence as “ineffective” and even “offensive” but the worst came from Alan Colmes (HANNITY & COLMES) on FOX earlier tonight who alleged that the Border Fence legislation, signed into law today, represents “an election ploy.”
Alan Colmes denies the abundant, hard work by ordinary citizens nationwide who have efforted without pause in seeing this Border Fence begun and implemented– and this legislation today will make the beginning possible. To Liberals and Liberal Colmes, no amount of National Security will ever be anything but meaningless, ridiculous, failed and needless.
And, appearing as useful tool once again, that handy illegal-immigrant-Mexican-public-relations greasy guy, (“Ex-Mexican Cabinet Minister“) Juan Hernandez — who joined in tonight’s broadcast with opinions to burn in this regard — says the Fence is “ineffective…it won’t work” (because, he says, “immigrants [sic] just went to other areas of the border to cross” — avoiding the obvious here and that is that the San Diego fencing functions as a workable deterrant if not barricade to many who attempt illegal immigration into the U.S., which means, border fencing “works”).
Yes, it will work. To put it this way: what effective border fencing has been built already in San Diego, CA has redirected illegal immigration to other, as-yet-unprotected areas of our Southern U.S. border — which means the San Deigo area fencing is effective in deterring and even preventing much illegal immigration, to state the obvious. But Mr. Hernandez’s amusement and ridicule of this Border Fence suggests someone intent on doing wrong, not someone intent on solving a problem as to how to correct wrongs, but the intent of someone who is determined to see wrong done (in his case, free access for as many millions from mostly-Mexico as want to cross into our nation and remain here).
The objective is to build more of that effective Border Fencing all across the Southern border. It’s a start, it’s a beginning, it’s one part fixed and 99 more parts to go — but it’s one part fixed that is the significant thing here.
Take a look at who voted for this legislation to create a Southern U.S. Border Fence and who voted to oppose it. For starters, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy all voted to oppose it, while the Republican House is largely responsible for the legislation passing. If ever there were reasons to vote to maintain a GOP majority in Congress, national security with effective border security are the reasons.
However, as many of us are aware who support national security measures and implementing effective border security as an active aspect to that, the Republican Senate and the Bush White House are not representing those interests as sincerely as they would have us believe: because, there is no national security without border security, and, there can be no “guest worker programs” that include any offering of U.S. citizenship if they are to work and programs such as that will “work” only as well as illegal immigration has previously been managed to a point of conclusion with effective, meaningful penalties in place for all who effort in illegal immigration.
My thanks to all in public office who worked to see this legislation to begin the Southern U.S. Border Fence. And to President Bush for signing it into law.
Now, let’s see it fully funded and fully built.