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Old 12-19-2007, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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House OKs changes for fence on border

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would grant Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff full discretion to decide what kind of fence to build on the border and where to build it.

The bill, part of a major government-spending proposal, cleared the Senate on Tuesday night and will steer $1.2 billion toward fence construction.

But the measure has rankled border-security supporters because it eliminates provisions of a 2006 fence law that stipulated nearly 700 miles of double fence be built in specific places on the 1,950-mile U.S.-Mexican border. When enacted, it also will prohibit fence construction until the Homeland Security Department has met with Interior Department and Agriculture Department secretaries, local governments, Indian tribes and property owners to reduce the impact of the fencing.


http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1219fence-budget.html (broken link)
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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Unless they're going to man it with weaponized guards, I don't understand how the fence is a real deterrent?

The "virtual" fence is a much better idea.... assuming there's actually enough guards on the border.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Unless they're going to man it with weaponized guards, I don't understand how the fence is a real deterrent?

The "virtual" fence is a much better idea.... assuming there's actually enough guards on the border.
There are manned towers along the fence - and vehicle and air patrols
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:18 AM
 
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There are manned towers along the fence - and vehicle and air patrols

ALL along the fence? Or just portions? I could swear I've seen pics of "the border fence" and it looks less secure than the security at my building.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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ALL along the fence? Or just portions? I could swear I've seen pics of "the border fence" and it looks less secure than the security at my building.
All along the fence - actually, it is two fences - there is a space between them

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