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Originally posted by kerontehe
reply to post by Mr. Ree
Agreed - for the period of time stated.
Then it failed.
A wall is not the whole answer IMHO. We must also address the multiple issues that motivate them to come here illegally by the millions.
Originally posted by mattifikation
Wasn't the Berlin Wall also built to keep people "out?"
The Homeland Security Department used its legal authority Tuesday to waive environmental and land management laws so it can complete 670 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The waivers will allow the department to move ahead with miles of pedestrian- and vehicle-fence construction as well as roads and detection systems.
Homeland Security, under orders from Congress to build the fence, has run into intense opposition along the border from landowners, ranchers and environmentalists. Many didn't want their land taken or for wildlife and rare species to be disturbed.
"Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. "The waivers will enable important security projects to keep moving forward."
The Bush administration will waive more than 30 environmental and land-management laws in order to finish building 470 miles of border fence in the Southwest by the end of the year, officials said yesterday.
The move, permitted under an exemption granted by Congress, will be the most sweeping use of the administration's waiver authority since it started building the fence to curb illegal immigration. It will affect environmentally sensitive areas in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.