Past Features

November 13, 2015

Hoist with their own Petard?
Liberal media caught flatfooted on border fence issue?

Left: Sen. Hutchinson's Amendment -- Right: What DHS built to maintain operational control of the border -- November 12, 2015
How Congress Prevented Border Fence Law's Implementation
    Border: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pointed to a 2006 law requiring 700 miles of double-layer border fencing. Unfortunately, in 2007 another Texas Republican helped the Democrat Congress change that.
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz told Fox's Sean Hannity, "Existing federal law is quite robust" on border security, and "There should be 700 miles of double-layer fencing built along our southern border."
    He added: "The Obama administration has about 30 miles built. If I am elected president, we will build it. What is missing is the presidential will to get it done."
    Americans like to think that when their elected representatives pass a law, it's a law. If only.
    It's true that in 2006, the Republican-controlled House and a large bipartisan majority in the Senate passed, and President Bush signed, the Secure Fence Act, requiring 700 additional miles of double chain-link and barbed-wire fences with lights and camera poles.
    But in 2007, the Homeland Security Department complained of being, er, fenced in, arguing that different types of terrain required different barriers.
    So Cruz's predecessor, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, authored an amendment that DHS would not be required "to install fencing . .. if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location."

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Ignoring the 800-lb Guerrilla
    American Border Patrol has been tracking the Secure Fence Act of 2006 like a bloodhound. We launched Operation B.E.E.F. to report on the progress of fence construction.
    Our B.E.E.F. fence report helped scuttle amnesty in 2007.
    We produced the only comprehensive map/photo survey of the border fence in existence.
    American Border Patrol is the most authoritative source on why we don't have operational control of the border but the liberal media have totally ignored our work.
    Any guesses as to why? That's right - they have refused to report the truth about the border because they don't want the public to know the truth.
    Now they are being forced to say something. How long are they going to ignore the 800-lb guerrilla in the room?