Lawyers for landowners and descendants of original settlers along the border in South Texas claimed Monday [January 7] that a new federal law could result in changes to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's plan to build a border wall there this year.He may be referring to Section 564 of the spending bill as described here. That was brought about by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; in this she's "defensive" about the amendment she pushed through. She says that critics such as Duncan Hunter and Peter King knew she was going to offer the amendment and that the amendment doesn't jeopardize construction of the fence. The DHS agrees, for what that's worth. She also implies that she intended it simply as window-dressing: hold a few townhall meetings, get local input, and then build the fence. Needless to say, Schey doesn't see it that way, saying:
"It's really a new ballgame at this point," said Peter Schey with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, a nonprofit group that says it works for civil and human rights of minorities, including immigrants. "We think that means having serious consultation with private landowners, Native American tribes, land grant descendants and private property owners."
Schey said language in an omnibus spending bill approved by Congress in late December and signed by President Bush not only mandates public consultation about the fence but also gives the federal government discretion in determining the best means to gain control of the border. It also says alternative infrastructure can be considered.
"We plan to see the Department of Homeland Security in court... Building the fence is back to square one."The Texas Border Coalition is quoted also; whether they have links to him isn't known.
Schey said Chertoff should have to start over with his border fence plans because of that law and first hold "serious consultation" with possibly effected landowners and others who may be affected.For the far-left view, see americas.irc-online.org/am/4884 and infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20080106224220807
"By then Chertoff won't have his job anymore and we will have a new administration and the new administration will take a look at the need for this wall," Schey said.
Immigration2008a · Mon, 01/14/2008 - 11:00 · Importance: 1