LatinaLista — The “Hour of Reckoning” has arrived: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has filed the first of an expected 102 lawsuits to force landowners along the US-Mexico border to fork over their property to the government for the border fence.
The first town that DHS is targeting is Eagle Pass, Texas â€” population, 26,401.
Bridge that connects Eagle Pass, Texas to Piedras Negras, Mexico.
In true frontier style, the mayor of Eagle Pass, Chad Foster, who is against the construction of the fence and chairs the Texas Border Coalition, declared,
The first battle of the Texas Revolution was in Gonzales, Texas … Gonzales posted a flag that said ‘Come and Take It.’ … We ain’t rolling over.
With such opposition facing them, you would think DHS would try harder to work with border residents but Foster and his colleagues say the opposite has happened.
Foster and others along the southern border are accusing the DHS of not fulfilling their side of a promise “to sufficiently consider concerns about the effects on the environment, residents’ property and the binational way of life along the border.”
Further, the local city officials claim that DHS has consistently ignored their suggestions for alternatives.
It would seem DHS is in a hurry to build this fence on this Administration’s watch. Otherwise, why pursue the legal expense of fighting 102 cases and create the public relations nightmare that will result from the construction of the fence?
Why has it become so imperative at a time when undocumented immigrants, feeling driven out of their homes in some states because of punitive-targeted state legislation, are opting to return home?
Border town officials have consistently claimed that high-tech alternatives are much more desirable for the area than an old-fashioned symbol of government authoritarianism â€” especially if it’s staring in the face of a neighboring country.
So why doesn’t DHS or the Bush Administration get it?
Can George W. Bush really think he can enjoy his post-presidential years in a state that fought so vehemently against the border fence for which he authorized?
We know there are organizations ready to implement high-tech alternatives to secure the border.
For example, there’s the America’s Border Security Group (ABSG).
ABSG member companies are trusted government partners across a broad range of Homeland Security functions. The ABSG team led by Ericsson Inc. (NASDAQ:ERICY) includes Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC); Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR); SYColeman Corporation, a division of L3 Communications; MTC Technologies; CAMBER Corporation; AEP Networks, Inc.; Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin.
ABSG offers a fully operational and comprehensive border protection system to address the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Border Initiative (SBInet). Based on commercial high-speed mobile broadband technology and IP applications, this proven-performance system integrates existing personnel, infrastructure and technology into an SBInet solution delivering fast, efficient and transparent communications for both people and sensors.
Yet, anyone who dares to suggest that the fence is not a good idea or that further compromise/consultation is needed, is immediately villified by those politely referred to as conservatives. (See the following video to see what I mean.)
It’s clear the DHS thinks they will get their way, and they might, but it won’t be an easy win.
Because it’s more than just about property, it’s more than just about the border and it’s more than just about security â€” it’s about heritage, inheritance and a way of life.
Three things throughout history people have fought to preserve.