Thursday, October 26, 2006


President George W Bush has signed into law a plan for 700 miles of new fencing along the US-Mexico border.

Does your heart not swell with national pride? Wait, there's more. He named it. He calls it the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

Blushing yet? Wait wait, before you burst into an emotional rendition of our national anthem, there's even more. He defended it. With words. "Ours is a nation of immigrants - we're also a nation of law. We're modernizing our southern border," he said. Out loud. In public.

What a proud day to be an American this is! Our first fence! Hoo Boy!

But alas, there are nay-sayers, raining on Bush's parade (or pissing on his fence, if you will).

TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, assures us, "A fence will slow people down only by a minute or two."

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Mexico City says the fence has united Mexican politicians in opposition and outrage.

And across the political divide, politicians have come together to condemn what they see as an unnecessary and offensive barrier. They accuse the United States of hypocrisy for enjoying the benefits of cheap Mexican labour but not being prepared to offer Mexican people a chance to cross the border legally.

Part of the funding for the fence is likely to come from the $1.2 Billion set aside for it in a recent Homeland Security Bill, but the full cost may be greater and the source of the funding is still unclear.

Just about brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

1 comment:

  1. I don't think anyone really thinks this is a good idea. Wouldn't that money do a lot more good "securing" our borders if it were spent on improving what we already had, rather than adding somthing else that really won't work that well, but it will kill bunnies (ok, not bunnies per se, but still, wildlife).

    The biggest problem I have with this is, how does a 700 mile fence secure a 2000 mile border. Doesn't that leave two thirds of the border unfenced. If something's worth doing, it's worth doing right. This , however, isn't worth doing.