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- House Speaker, John Boehner
- House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor
- Senate Minority Leader, Mitch Mcconnell
and other OBSTRUCTIONIST Republicans in the U.S Congress KNOW that YOU want them to support President Obama’s efforts to: Reform Immigration now!
NOT after the Economy is fixed, NOT after Gun Control, NOT after Budget Battles. NOW. THE time…IS Now!
The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT needs to stop wasting taxpayer’s dollars and resources on BLOCKING and FIGHTING piecemeal immigration laws and tackle Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Support H.R.4321: Comprehensive Immigration Reform For America’s Security And Prosperity (CIR ASAP).
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez introduced the Bill December 15, 2009.
A majority of Americans, some poll show as high as 70-percent, SUPPORT granting a PATH, not a STAMPEDE or a CUTTING TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE – a Path to eventual citizenship…for the MILLIONS who have SETTLED AND BUILT LIVES here in America over the many years they live here!Republicans have tried and succeeded to HALT that process by insisting that FIRST: “…the border must be secure…”.
They know darn well that U.S. Mexican border ain’t never gonna be completely secure any time soon, if EVER.On October 26, 2006, President Bush signed The Secure Fence Act of 2006 into law. The Secure Fence Act of 2006’s goal is to help secure America’s borders to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles (1,100 km) of physical barriers along the U.S/Mexico Border.
Here are some figures from a New York Times article: October 19, 2011
“In 2009, the Congressional Search Service reported that the Department of Homeland Security had spent roughly up to $21 million per mile to build a primary fence near San Diego. The cost had ballooned as the fence extended into hills and gullies along the line.
The same year, Customs and Border Protection estimated costs of building an additional 3.5 miles of fence near San Diego at $16 million per mile. Even this lower figure would yield a rough projection of $22.4 billion for a single fence across the 1,400 miles remaining today.
These estimates do not include the costs of acquiring land, nor the expense of maintaining a fence that is exposed to constant efforts by illegal crossers to bore through it or under it or to bring it down. In March, Customs and Border Protection estimated it would cost $6.5 billion “to deploy, operate and maintain” the existing border fencing over an expected maximum lifetime of 20 years. The agency reported repairing 4,037 breaches in 2010 alone.
Did you know that…?
- In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to divvy up to $50 million over the next year to compensate for the damage or loss of animal and plant habitat and cultural areas like American Indian religious sites…?
- In February 2011, the Obama Administration ended the project which, according to the HEADLINES, seems to be a FAILURE?
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, February 27, 2011: “The Obama Administration finally pulled the plug on the “virtual fence” that was supposed to line the border between the United States and Mexico with cameras and radar towers. After sinking more than $1 billion into the scheme, the Department of Homeland Security determined that it was a complete failure.
Mark Borkowski, executive director of the electronic fence program at DHS, summed it up by saying, “It was a great idea, but it didn’t work.” The article went on to say: “Nearly 650 miles of solid border wall have already been built, at a cost of $2.6 billion, plus millions more for upkeep and repairs.”
One TV station demonstrated that it took less than 20 seconds for these two girls to scale the wall…!
NPR, March 17, 2010: The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to build a virtual fence across the U.S.-Mexico border has come to a crashing halt just days before the release of a report expected to slam the system…”
REUTERS Sept 15: Washington’s plan to build a fence on the border with Mexico has cost $3 billion and has not deterred illegal immigrants or drug traffickers from entering the country, according to a new U.S. documentary.
“The Fence” hopes to show Americans, who were divided when construction of the wall was approved in 2006, that the venture is a failure as conceived and a blemish upon the United States internationally.
It argues that illegals and smugglers can easily climb over, dig under and even drive over the wall, which is only a few feet (metres) high in parts, has no razor wire, and abruptly ends in the desert.
You be the judge…
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