"Doubts linger on feasibility of barrier" (border fence)
Posted Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 4:52 am
Both proponents and opponents of 700 miles of fences along the U.S.-Mexico border question whether the Bush administration can deliver the barriers -- whose exact location, price tag and construction start date remain unknown.T.J. Bonner of the National Border Patrol Council says it will "do nothing" and will act only as a "speed bump". One possible motivation for his remarks is that he wants to get more BP agents. And, of course it will do something, and have a deterrent effect, especially if advertised correctly in Mexico.
The Secure Fence Act, signed yesterday by President Bush, does not require the government to show any results of fence construction until May 2008 and while it does specify where along the 1,951-mile U.S.-Mexico border the barriers should go, there's no guarantee they ever will.
State legislatures, governors, and city and county governments, along with Indian tribal councils, have veto power over fencing locations...