President Obama nixes ineffective border fence

President Obama’s budget blueprint Thursday shelved extension of the controversial border fence beyond the 670 miles already completed or planned — rejecting the much-heralded security approach orchestrated by former President George W. Bush. The Obama administration’s turnabout left funds for roads, lights and so-called tactical infrastructure — but not a dime to extend the pedestrian fencing and vehicle barriers erected along roughly a third of…

More wasteful spending – $400 million reallocated to construct border fence

Congress approved a shift of $400 million from technology accounts to construction of the U.S. border fence despite a Customs and Border Protection admission that it cannot be completed by year’s end, officials said Monday. The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security agreed to a CBP proposal to transfer funds from other accounts to build the remainder of the 670 miles of border fence. Eagle…

Rep. Tom Tancredo – Hypocrite, Racist and a Horses Ass!

Or perhaps that is too strong of a statement because it disrespects a horse’s hind end. Tom Tancredo, Colorado representative who tried to run a Presidential campaign on one issue, ridding the US of all Hispanics, while in the past he hired illegals to remodel his Boulder mansion amongst other things. This man is a hypocrite and a fraud. Border mayors, Colorado lawmaker fight over…

Chertoff gives “the finger” to South Texas

Confronted with environmental concerns about proposed border fencing, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff used his power Tuesday to waive dozens of federal laws to clear the way for building it. Chertoff’s announcement followed a March 3 letter from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official pointing out that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials had abruptly spiked a compromise the agencies were working on to…

$1.2 billion fence adds little or no security

Luis Alberto Urrea The Border Patrol agent was a 30-year veteran. He walked me across a patch of desolation to the Mexican border. There was no border fence there yet. Just Arizona desert, a dusty dry creekbed, and Mexican desert beyond, indistinguishable from the United States. If you want to hear philosophical reflections from an agent, you have to talk to old-timers. The hundreds of…

Border fence’s legal battle grows

The battle over the border fence continued Thursday with more landowners finding themselves sued by the government for access to their land, while two landowners fired back with their own countersuit. A lawsuit by University of Texas-Brownsville Professor Eloisa Tamez and San Benito resident Benito J. Garza claims the Homeland Security Department disregarded the law by filing “declarations of taking” before negotiating a price for…

Forget the border fence – Smugglers at U.S. border build an underground world

The tunnel opening cut into the floor of a shipping container here drops three levels, each accessible by ladders, first a metal one and then two others fashioned from wood pallets. The tunnel stretches 1,300 feet to the south, crossing the Mexican border some 50 feet below ground and proceeding to a sky-blue office building in sight of the steel-plated border fence.Three or four feet…

How can I breach thee, let me count the ways!

An 18 foot ladder comes to mind as does an RPG which are plentiful amongst the cartels in Mexico, thanks to their US suppliers, or how about a load of ANFO. Plenty of mines in the area. COLUMBUS, N.M. — This is not your grandfather’s border fence. The new fence flanking the Columbus port of entry soars 15 feet high and is buried 5 feet…

Plans for border fence draw fire

TIJUANA, Mexico, – Hurling himself over a steel fence into the no-man’s-land between Mexico and California, an undocumented migrant sprints across a narrow strip lit by harsh arc lights and watched over by video cameras on tall posts. Before he can shin up a second barrier of tall concrete pillars topped with seismic sensors and a layer of steel mesh more than an arm’s-length wide,…