Skip to comments.De-Fence, De-Fence
Posted on 03/17/2010 4:18:58 PM PDT by Kaslin
Illegal Immigration: The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned kind? If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it.
The much-ballyhooed "virtual" fence that was supposed to monitor and control illegal immigration doesn't work and is being scrapped as we evaluate alternatives and rely on existing technology.
After years of delay and billions of dollars already spent, Secretary Napolitano on Tuesday halted work on SBInet. The system involves cameras, sensors and radars designed to let a small number of dispatchers watch the border on computer monitors and dispatch Border Patrol agents when and where they were needed.
At least that was the theory. "Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will redeploy $50 million of Recovery Act funding originally allocated for the SBInet ... to other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border," she said.
Like missile defense, the border fence seems to have become one of those study-forever-and-deploy-never types of projects. A secure border fence was first authorized by Congress in 2006. SBInet now isn't expected to be finished until at least 2016. That's after Homeland Security spent $3.7 billion on the project, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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Violent Day on the border:
See also on this issue;
What kind of technology do you have to evaluate? Build the d@mn wall!!
Hate for this to be true but it is:
This fiasco is the legacy of Bush-43 and a part of the reason Obama sits in the White House today.
President Bush decided to throw millions at an unproven “virtual” fence instead of one built of concrete and barbed wire because he never actually wanted to slow down the flow of illegals.
The wall near San Diego has been an unqualified success. But we can't build more of it. We need to continue to let 1000 illegal, criminal invaders enter our country per day. After all, they will soon become RAT voters.
One reason DHS has been able to do this is an amendment that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.-Texas) slipped into an omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed on December 18, 2007. Hutchisons amendment put a loophole in the fence law that allowed the secretary of Homeland Security not to build the fence Congress had mandated the year before.
The second part of your post says it all. This is the whole reason why the fence was stopped
59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border - Rasmussen
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