Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) added a provision to the Senate's immigration bill that says in part:
CONSULTATION REQUIREMENT -- Consultations between United States and Mexican authorities at the federal, state, and local levels concerning the construction of additional fencing and related border security structures along the United States-Mexico border shall be undertaken prior to commencing any new construction, in order to solicit the views of affected communities, lessen tensions and foster greater understanding and stronger cooperation on this and other important issues of mutual concern.
There's backstory and backfilling on this here.
I mean, to think that we would build a fence without any conversation or consultation with Mexico — that doesn't makes sense... Good fences make good neighbors, too. And remember that when it's all over, there'll be cities across the border from one another in the United States and Mexico, and you'll find in most instances they try to find a level of cooperation... We ultimately want to have the cooperation of the Mexican government. That's going to make this a lot easier, to stop the corruption on either side of the border, to stop these coyotes that are taking thousands of dollars to push people across that border at the risk of losing their lives... We should have consultation. There's nothing wrong with that.
Immigration · Sun, 05/28/2006 - 11:40 · Importance: 1