U.S. Mexico Border Fence

Topics: United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration to the United States, Immigration Pages: 4 (1312 words) Published: December 5, 2009
Running head: U.S.-MEXICO BORDER FENCE
U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
Dorothy Watson
Axia College of University of Phoenix
U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
Picture this, a nice little bungalow close to the Rio Grande River, with excellent views and a multitude of wildlife. Six months later, picture that same little bungalow, and instead of the scenic view of the river, picture a 20 foot high wall of concrete posts. The migratory routes for the wildlife have been eliminated, and private property has been condemned. All this just to build a fence. Are the American people aware of the costs associated with the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence? Monetarily the amount is astronomical. Are the American people aware of the fact that during the Bush administration, Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was given the power to waive environmental laws, without having his decisions reviewed? Chertoff used this power to build fencing through a national reserve near San Diego, California, and through other wildlife preserves. (Berestein. 2008.) The U.S.-Mexico Border Fence is a waste of money and resources, monetarily and materially, that could be better spent on a different solution to solve illegal immigration, instead of being thrown away on a project that will continue to waste the taxpayer’s money with few results, an eyesore to the landscape, and harmful to the local wildlife. In 2006 the Secure Fence Act was established and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to build a fence along the border between the United States and Mexico. The border patrol estimated that 850 miles of fencing would be needed along the almost 2,000 mile border. That estimate has since changed to 670 miles. The completion date was set for the end of 2008. By January 2009 only 601 miles have been completed. Below is a map of the proposed area that is to be fenced. {draw:frame} The cost to build and maintain the fencing is astronomical. A homeland...

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