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Feds to build border fence from Huachucas to Douglas
Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | JONATHAN CLARK

Posted on 08/22/2006 10:02:20 PM PDT by SandRat

BISBEE — The federal government is preparing to build a border barrier that will extend from the Huachuca Mountains in the west to Douglas in the east, a Border Patrol spokesman confirmed Monday.

The project will connect existing fencing in and around Douglas and Naco to create a continuous barrier along the approximately 40-mile stretch of border, Border Patrol Tucson Sector Spokesman Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez told the Herald/Review. “They are going to build a mixture of drive-through barriers and the type of fencing that exists in Douglas and Nogales,” Rodriguez said.

The drive-through barriers, which are designed to stop vehicles from barreling across the border at high speeds, will be of a design known as a bollard fence, Rodriguez said. The design features a series of steel tubes filled with concrete and anchored vertically a few inches apart. The fences in Douglas and Nogales are built largely of 14-foot steel panels.

No timetable is yet available for the project, which, according to Rodriguez, will likely be a joint effort between National Guard troops, reservists and private-sector contractors.

Earlier this year, the civilian Minuteman Civil Defense Corps made the area the focal point of its own fence-building effort when it broke ground on a reinforced range fence at the Palominas ranch of Jack and John Ladd. The group later announced that it would build a 14-foot, double-layered Israeli-style barrier at Richard Hodges’ borderfront property in Bisbee Junction.

Al Garza, the national executive director of the Minutemen and a resident of Huachuca City, said his group’s campaign had likely helped to inspire the government to start building more fences.

Even so, he said the Minutemen would continue with their efforts in the area until an effective barrier had in fact been built. And he said they would not call off their nationwide fence-building campaign until the government had walled off the entire 1,950-mile southwest border.

“We’re going to continue with fencing and walls until we know for sure that we are being relieved of the duty,” Garza said. “We do not trust the government. They have made offers, they have made promises, and none have ever come to reality.”

For his part, Hodges said he will still ask the Minutemen to fence off his 0.9 mile of border frontage even if the government constructs its own wall. His primary interest is a fence that will keep his cattle out of the federal-land road that separates his ranch from the border with Mexico, Hodges said.

And while he acknowledged that he did not need an Israeli-style barrier to keep cows out of the road, Hodges said it would still provide an extra line of defense against the drug traffickers who routinely cross his land.

John Ladd, however, said he might reconsider a plan to have the Minutemen build an additional 8 miles of range fence on his family’s ranch.

“If the National Guard goes ahead and secures the actual border, then we don’t need to go to the extent of doing two fences,” he said.

The Minutemen installed 2.5 miles of five-strand, barbed wire fence at the Ladd ranch earlier this summer.

Work on Hodges’ fence is expected to begin any day, although Hodges said the contractor hired to build the fence is still awaiting a deposit from the Minutemen.

A spokeswoman for Citizens for Border Solutions, a local activist group that advocates legal entry for immigrant workers and opposes the construction of border walls, said she was saddened to hear of the government’s plan.

“As long as there are jobs for them in the U.S. and none in Mexico, walls will not keep out the migrants,” Cecile Lumer said. “Walls only make crossing more difficult, cause hardship and even death.”

Lumer recalled a quote from Gov. Janet Napolitano, who once told reporters, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border.”

The Douglas-Naco-Huachucas corridor has seen a steady decline in Border Patrol apprehensions since the agency began pouring manpower and technology into the area a year ago. Since Oct. 1, the number of illegal border-crossers arrested in the area is down 47 percent from fiscal year 2006 to 75,120.

Meanwhile, some corridors to the east and west have seen either unchanged numbers or increased apprehensions.

Herald/Review reporter Jonathan Clark can be reached at 515-4693 or by e-mail at jonathan.clark@bisbeereview.net.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; border; build; douglas; feds; fence; huachucas; immigrantlist

1 posted on 08/22/2006 10:02:22 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: HiJinx; Spiff; Borax Queen; idratherbepainting; AZHSer; Sabertooth; Marine Inspector; A Navy Vet; ..

Ok FEDS now let's GIT R DONE!


2 posted on 08/22/2006 10:02:47 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Did you see this?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1688417/posts


3 posted on 08/22/2006 10:03:52 PM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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To: axes_of_weezles

Yep!


4 posted on 08/22/2006 10:05:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
“You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border.”

So build a 55-foot wall with an exploding ridge cap.
5 posted on 08/22/2006 10:21:59 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: SandRat
RACISM!!!
6 posted on 08/22/2006 10:31:00 PM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


7 posted on 08/22/2006 10:51:30 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Dane; sinkspur

Yay! Feds making a small start. Under political presure.


8 posted on 08/22/2006 10:59:02 PM PDT by MrEdd (More cheep than a flock of baby chickens.)
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To: SandRat

OMG.......a second rancher who wants a FREE cattle fence?


9 posted on 08/22/2006 11:01:47 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Amelia; Howlin; onyx; BigSkyFreeper

Another rancher who wants a FREE cattle fence from the MCDC and this one isn't even a mile long! LOL


10 posted on 08/22/2006 11:03:34 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: catholicfreeper; Invisible Gorilla

Something of interest.


11 posted on 08/22/2006 11:08:46 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

If the rancher has cows, he already has a cattle fence.


12 posted on 08/22/2006 11:09:29 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

May he did and maybe he did and maybe his old one was not in good shape.


13 posted on 08/22/2006 11:21:04 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Ditter
If the rancher has cows, he already has a cattle fence.

Of course, a rancher would be silly not to have a fence.

BTW, that rancher in Arizona had cattle and a fence before MCDC came along and built him a newer one.

14 posted on 08/22/2006 11:23:44 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Ditter

A fence doesn't necessarily keep cattle in, it keeps other people's cattle out. Alot of times fences are built to mark off a rancher's property, most times around the rancher's crops.


15 posted on 08/22/2006 11:25:49 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: nopardons

The weather will be cooling soon so the fences will likely be finished before Christmas, right?


16 posted on 08/22/2006 11:36:09 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaaha


17 posted on 08/22/2006 11:40:45 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

:)


18 posted on 08/22/2006 11:42:00 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- "if" only 10% are radical, that's 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

:-)


19 posted on 08/22/2006 11:43:31 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Anti-Bubba182
MCDC mentioned and yet another FREE cattle fence; this time, an even smaller one, all of .9 of a mile long.
20 posted on 08/22/2006 11:46:11 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: onyx
The weather will be cooling soon so the fences will likely be finished before Christmas, right?

LOL

21 posted on 08/22/2006 11:58:08 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: SandRat
But, but, nowhere in this article does it address Mehico's provisional endorsement or aproval for such an undertaking.

W's good bud, Vincente, must be on vacation or asleep at the switch, because I predict an outpouring of protest from Senor Fox in the very near future, which will in affect, kill this project.

Sorry all, I guess I'm just a pessimist (based upon past experience) when it comes to border security.

If we were really serious, this is the kind of wall we would be building. Don't know if it's "50 feet" high, but seems to have worked in keeping the the terries out of Israel, who I assume, are better equipped with "ladders" and methods of infiltrating, then poor "undocumented immigrants" who only want to come here to work.

walla

22 posted on 08/23/2006 2:49:59 AM PDT by seasoned traditionalist (ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS, BUT ALL TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY, ARE MUSLIMS)
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To: SandRat
"A spokeswoman for Citizens for Border Solutions, a local activist group that advocates legal entry for immigrant workers and opposes the construction of border walls, said she was saddened to hear of the government's plan.

She was saddened? Poor baby.

"As long as there are jobs for them in the U.S. and none in Mexico, walls will not keep out the migrants," Cecile Lumer said.

What an attitude! We really do need to crack down on employers..pronto.

"Walls only make crossing more difficult, cause hardship and even death."

Yes, we want to make crossing "more difficult"...Death and hardship would not happen if they came in the right way..Legally.

sw

23 posted on 08/23/2006 6:20:57 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
We had a bull named Romeo and he couldn't be kept in any fence and our fences are good. Romeo finally had to be sold because of his habit of roaming.

We don't have illegals on our ranch because we aren't right on the border but we have hunted down there and have seen crowds of people coming in carrying their belongings on their heads. I don't know the answer because if the illegals can't go over a fence they are going to go under it or around it.

I think hiring them is going to have to carry a stiffer penalty before the parade of illegals slows down.
24 posted on 08/23/2006 7:28:20 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SandRat
Bollard fence:

Incidently, that picture comes from this page, where someone with a sense of humor made the background music, "They're Coming to America."

25 posted on 08/23/2006 8:33:59 AM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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