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Invoking the legal waivers — which Congress authorized — would cut through bureaucratic red tape and sidestep environmental laws that currently stand in the way of the Homeland Security Department building 267 miles of fencing in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, according to officials familiar with the plan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the waivers had not yet been announced.
The move would be the biggest use of legal waivers since the administration started building the fence. Previously, the department has used its waiver authority for two portions of fence in Arizona and one portion in San Diego.
One of the more absurd impacts of the proposed fence would have divided the campus at the University of Texas Brownsville. A lawsuit brought by the university against the government was settled out of court last month.
The border fence project has run into innumerable problems. The much-vaunted "virtual fence" - a high-tech alternative to the wire and concrete structures being built along the border that promises to alleviate many of the environmental concerns, was recently delayed amid technical problems and rising costs. Officials admitted in February that the first 100-mile stretch of the virtual fence would not be completed until the end of 2011, instead of its original deadline of the end of 2008. Boeing, the contractor chosen to build the virtual fence, has been paid more than $85m.
The DHS initially estimated that it would spend a total of $7.6bn constructing the 670-mile border fence.
Originally posted by mattifikation
Wasn't the Berlin Wall also built to keep people "out?"
It was also a failed attempt to keep people IN.
Trying to think outside the box here, an idea that was expressed to me a few years ago:
Dig a 300 meter wide moat along the US/Mexican border.
Put the removed landfill in New Orleans to raise it above sea level.
Relocate @ half the alligator population in Fl and LA to the moat.
Address multiple issues.
The wall separated East Berlin and West Berlin for 28 years, from the day construction began on August 13, 1961 until it was dismantled in 1989. During this period at least 133 people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall into West Berlin, according to official figures. However, a prominent victims' group claims that more than 200 people had been killed trying to flee from East to West Berlin. The Soviet government gave explicit orders to shoot and kill attempted defectors. The East German government had always denied having such a policy.