LatinaLista — What has erupted between the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, and the US-Mexico border residents over the border fence construction is a showdown that is more than just a challenge of the federal government â€” it’s defending against the arbitrary decisions made by one man.
Sec. Chertoff feels that the law is a cumbersome process and one in which he has no time nor patience for. So, he authorized that 30 laws and regulations be ignored so the construction of the fence can proceed.
One by one, groups have risen up to challenge Chertoff’s decision saying it’s blatantly unconstitutional.
The latest challenge came today from 14 Congressmen who have given notice that they are filing a brief in the US Supreme Court against Chertoff.
â€œThe Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s decision to issue waivers to expedite the construction of a wasteful fence along the Southwest border is disappointing at best. As a former Border Patrol Sector Chief and current Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, I know the importance of securing our borders and fully support providing our agents with strong tools to carry out their jobs. I do not, however, support DHSâ€™s continued disregard for border communities. This recent attempt to bypass more than 30 laws and regulations to pursue an already ill-advised idea should not move forward,â€ added Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes.
One of the major consequences of this border fence is the closure of two major nature preserves in South Texas. For a region of the country that depends on tourist dollars that come and see these nature preserves, it is a major blow to the local economy.
So why doesn’t Chertoff, a.k.a. the government, care more? Care more for preserving the Constitutional rights of its citizens or care more for one of the major ways a poor region creates income for its towns.
Because â€” he doesn’t live there.