Skip to comments.U.S., Mexico disagree over border fence plan in Texas
Posted on 07/25/2012 3:37:08 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
McALLEN An agency that monitors the U.S.-Mexico boundary is agreeing to a U.S. proposal to build border fence segments in a South Texas flood plain, a move Mexico opposes.
The decision by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission comes despite objections from its Mexican counterpart. Mexico argues the fence would deflect floodwaters to its side of the Rio Grande and violate a bi-national treaty.
The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained a letter the commission sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection noting it will not oppose the project. The commission says its analysis found that the fence proposed for three areas in South Texas would not be a significant obstruction to river waters. Half of the 14 miles proposed would be in the flood plain.
"When it comes right down to it, the scientific analysis is what we have to fall back on," John Merino, principal engineer with the U.S. commission, said Tuesday.
In his February letter, Merino wrote that after a thorough review, the agency concluded that the project "will not cause significant deflection or obstruction of the normal or flood flows of the Rio Grande" and is consistent with the treaty.
Jenny Burke, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that one of the segments, in Los Ebanos, is no longer considered necessary and more funding is needed to build the other two in Rio Grande City and Roma. Merino also pointed out that the government would have to bring back detailed construction drawings of the fence for approval before proceeding.
Still, the green light for a permanent fence made of spaced vertical steel tubes is a significant reversal for an agency that expressed concerns when the government was still proposing a "moveable" fence in 2008.
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Who invited Mexico to comment ?
As I guy who has supported the walls, I still don’t want to see the them have a strong negative impact on poor villages on the Mexican border inside Mexico.
Still, as much as I would like to see them spared negative impact, it is their own citizens who have caused the need for the walls.
None of this would be necessary if all Mexican nationals and their government were good neighbors to the United States.
Well by all means let’s do what Mexico wants.
the fact that Mexico apposes it tells me its the right thing to do.
Cut off all aid and monies to Mexico and see if that changes their mind.
Cut off all aid and monies to Mexico and see if that changes their mind.”
I can tell you two politicians that would vote against that and they have an (R) after their name - John Cornyn and Pete Olson. I’m sure there are some others but I only have two hands and they are both busy trying to hold the feet of those two to the fire.
Exactly! Keep your citizens from crossing the border or the fence gets built.
Pile the barbed wire and the posts where they can be viewed. The first wetback who crosses and the heavy equipment moves in to start construction.
This is interesting. What’s the details on his immigration transgressions? I haven’t followed his voting pattern, but he’s often appeared as an empty suit. Thanks.
Walls and machine guns!
Gets my vote.
Pete’s ties would appear to include extensive support by Phil Graham, the Texas political machine and deep money pockets. He is incredibly politically savvy and know what he has to do and how he has to vote on issues in order to be called a Conservative. He is Congressional Rep for my district and we all worked very hard to get him elected to the first term. He has pretty much skated through subsequent elections but did have a opponent this last round who may have some promise in the future. She will have to be able to do battle with the money coming from Clear Lake so it will always be tough.
Listened to Pete speak 3 separate times during this last primary. On all occasions he showed up at last minute, spoke 5 minutes, didn’t take questions and left. Only talking point was how hard they all were working to get rid of Obama. He endorsed Felicia who is running for Ron Paul’s seat over Randy Weber. Down here in our little town we get to know politicians REAL well. Felicia is a go along, get along and will not make waves, a perfect companion for Pete. Randy is 100% conservative to the core, gets things down and is not shy about standing up and voicing his opposition.
The last two years Pete has started the “I feel your pain and I want you to know that I share your concerns” responses to all letters and emails to him in Washington or in Sugar Land, regardless of the issue. It is almost identical to the responses we get from Cornyn. Certainly one of his biggest current fans is Dana Perino who is, IMO, a snarky RINO with inside access, contacts and a very public bullypulpit.
Pete will not answer direct questions about his position on immigration. “Yes” and “no” no longer are part of his vocabulary. He did state one time, however, that he considered it impractical to close the border and deport illegals. He has been in DC too long. I no longer contribute to him or vote for him.