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Ongoing border wall construction is nothing more than perpetuating a false threat

LatinaLista — While everyone is naturally excited about the election, there is a group of people who can’t wait for it to be over with so the new President (and fingers, toes and eyes are being crossed for Obama/Biden) can put a stop to one of the most dangerously damaging domestic policies to emerge from the Bush Administration — the border wall.

Border wall construction has begun south of Weslaco, Texas.
(Source: Border Ambassadors)

Because of intense public displeasure by the people whom this wall directly affects, the government is a lot farther behind schedule in constructing it than they thought they would be. By the end of the year, their goal was to have completed 670 miles of fencing; they’ve only achieved 370 miles.
One would think that a government or political party which claims to be responsive to their constituents’ wants would recognize that an opposition comprised of municipal and state politicians, local dignitaries, professionals and residents are more than just a rowdy group opposing the government.
They are a highly credible group that have done their homework about the true impact of such a structure in their backyards. The latest group to lend their research expertise to what this border wall really signifies is the University of Texas Working Group that declared the border wall in no undeniable terms violates human rights.
Yet, the government stubbornly holds onto the fantasy that this wall will stem the flow of people crossing the border illegally and seems intent to perpetuate a false threat.

It’s already been documented that fewer immigrants are choosing to cross illegally and that downturn in numbers is because of the economy more than 370 miles of vanity fencing.
In these tight times when Main Street businesses are having to lay off workers, people are scrimping and saving in fear of what is to come, it appears foolhardy and irresponsible of our government to continue wasting money on something that isn’t working nor wanted.
Yet, the Department of Homeland Security forges on because it is the law.
Wise governments know when it’s time to rescind a law that isn’t working.
However, because there’s no hope left among critics of the wall that DHS or the Bush Administration will see the light before their turn in office is over, one of the biggest summits regarding the wall is planned for Dec. 2-3 in El Paso, Texas.
The Border Wall Summit plans to bring a diverse group of people together to take the fight against the wall to the next level — into Washington.
Since Congress and this Administration has shown that they would rather impose their will than govern democratically, the people involved have learned that it’s time to bring democracy in action back to where the concept was refined and has been preserved all these years — minus the last eight.
The following is a 25-minute video that chronicles the fight of border residents against the Department of Homeland Security in building the border wall.

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  • Sandra
    October 29, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    It IS the majority of Americans who want the wall. Therefore, our government IS acting in a democratic manner. Those that don’t want it have an agenda and it isn’t in the best interests of their own country.

  • Amy
    November 3, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I would disagree that most people want the wall. They may have wanted the wall six to eight months ago, I haven’t checked those polls, but in all the latest poll dates, immigration reform/ problems is not a top priority and many local, state, federal budgets are reflecting the main problem/issue in most citizen’s minds which is the economy, even the NSA is pulling back and one example is that Indian’s Point nuclear plant will shortly loose it’s National Guard in New York backing so that the state can reprioritize. The wall is a bad idea, but enough people supported it. It was a bad idea in Baghdad, and it is a bad idea here.
    The government’s responsibility is not just to do whatever the people want, but what is best for the nation and our neighbors. The wall is not the answer, it is a short term solution which will end up causing many more problems, to a long term issue.

  • Sandra
    November 5, 2008 at 7:47 am

    There is only 700 miles of fencing going to be built on a 2,000 mile border. So it isn’t like the entire border is being fenced. The reason for the 700 miles of fencing is to assist the Border Patrol in the very porous areas. A fence is always a deterrant. That is why most of us have one around our own properties. Why no concern at least about terrorist entry into our country in this manner? I guess some are willing to sacrifice our safety as a country to fill this country up with those ethnically like themselves, right? The means justify the end? How telling!

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