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Friday, February 22, 2008

Border Fence Is Another Bush Scam

The border fence is a horrible idea. It will cost millions of dollars to build and maintain and it will be utterly ineffective. It will not stop and probably wont even slow down illegal immigration. It will hurt our relations with Mexico and it will create a very negative image.
What's worse it is full of payoffs for Bush cronies such as Boeing which will contract to build the wall. Boeing! This a company that already gets billions in government contracts and now they are into fence building? Something really smells here!
The fence will go right through the campus at University of Texas Pan American in Brownsville, Texas. One member of the Homeland Security bureaucracy said that is necessary because illegal aliens might slip across the border disguised as students! Have you ever heard a dumber remark than that?
It is also interesting to note that the fence will go right through the property of many border land owners, some rich and some very poor. Some have had this property in their families for centuries. Many are unhappy about this. Homeland Security Director Michael (Skeletor) Chertoff told them to "Quit complaining!"
Some of the rich landowners here will get special considerations as shown in the following story from the Think Progress Daily Newsletter. Read up on Ray L. Hunt and the Hunt family in general, it is a fascinating story.
BUSH'S BORDER FENCE TO BYPASS PROPERTY OF WEALTHY DONOR: In October 2006, President Bush authorized the construction of a 700-mile border fence between the United States and Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is facing strong opposition from Texans who don't want the fence cutting through their land. Unfortunately for these homeowners, DHS gave them only "30 days to change their mind or face legal action," and now U.S. attorneys "have begun filing lawsuits against the holdouts." While DHS has no problem pursuing elderly and struggling homeowners, it will conveniently leave untouched the border property of Dallas billionaire Ray L. Hunt. In 2000, Hunt was a Bush-Cheney "Pioneer," and more recently, he "donated $35 million to Southern Methodist University to help build Bush's presidential library." Daniel Garza, a 76-year old man who might lose his home to the border fence's intrusion, noted, "I don’t see why they have to destroy my home, my land, and let the wall end there." Pointing across the street to Hunt's land, he added, "How will that stop illegal immigration?"


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