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Old 10-26-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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Bush signs border fence bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush signed legislation on Thursday to build 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border, an election-year move against illegal immigration aimed at helping Republicans.

The measure was bound to anger Mexico. Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon had said this month the move would "enormously complicate" relations with the United States.

Republicans hoped the legislation would give them an election-year boost as they try to head off a strong Democratic attempt to take control of the U.S. Congress.

"We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take this responsibility seriously," Bush said in a signing ceremony in the White House Roosevelt Room.

Bush had long opposed supporting a bill that was limited to border enforcement, spending months in a failed attempt to persuade the U.S. Congress to back a comprehensive measure that would include a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.

The Senate had approved a measure he preferred, but Republicans in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on border enforcement only, feeling election-year heat from Americans upset about the impact of illegal immigration in their states.

In his remarks, Bush insisted a guest-worker program would ease pressure along the border, and said Americans must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants already live in the United States.

"We must reduce pressure on our border by creating a temporary worker plan. Willing workers ought to be matched with willing employers to do jobs Americans are not doing on a temporary basis," he said.

The 700 miles of fencing would run along parts of four southwestern states, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The U.S.-Mexican border runs about 2,000 miles

The legislation did not provide funding for the fencing, but simply authorized its construction. Part of the funding for the fence, $1.2 billion, was included in a homeland security bill he signed earlier this month.

Congressional Republicans had passed the legislation weeks ago but held off sending the legislation to Bush for signing so it could be used as an election-year tool.

Democrats called the legislation a political stunt.

"By abandoning comprehensive immigration reform and embracing election-year political stunts, President Bush and Republicans in Washington have once again put the interests of their party above the interests of the American people," said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Luis Miranda.

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glad to hear it. finally something I can like bush for.............now about that war.
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6 billion!!!!! what the **** are we going to do making a 6 billion fence?!!!

We better start milking the illegals over here for everything they got. if they want to stay here, then they are going to pay the price, That only seems fair.
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Did anyone hear about the HUGE freeway and rail system they are going to put running right up the middle of this fence?
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Did anyone hear about the HUGE freeway and rail system they are going to put running right up the middle of this fence?
Are you serious?
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is that a forsure thing? why would they do that? so mexicants can throw glass bottles at our cars?


How about....Tie a WHOLE shitload of ballons to a car with your whole family on it, float it up ontop of teh road, pop the balloons, and drive your way into america, woot!
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The 700 miles of fencing would run along parts of four southwestern states, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The U.S.-Mexican border runs about 2,000 miles

http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...ries-TopNews-2
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Are you serious?
Yeap HWY 69 If i'm not mistaken
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is that a forsure thing? why would they do that? so mexicants can throw glass bottles at our cars?
I hear it's already been passed under a NASA bill.

No border stops until *Kansas City* (i think)
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Initially, I was for this border fence but now that it seems evident there is no intent to actually fund this project, I am against it. The fact that it is being offered but not funded, I would offer, speaks to the political nature of the law. I think we should allocate funds that would otherwise be used for a fence to hiring more border patrol agents and relative equipment.
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Did anyone hear about the HUGE freeway and rail system they are going to put running right up the middle of this fence?
Yeap...and it is retarded. It's gonna be called the North American Expressway or some shyt...absolutely ridiculous
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I still think its funny that mexico president does not like this idea, it "alienate" mexico from USA.


Maybe we should just buy mexico, let it become part of US.
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I consider it more along the lines of bush seeing just how much he can shake and **** up before the new president arrives.
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totally forgot about that freeway. :eh: I'm for the wall but that freeway thing kind of blows.
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You're a funny dude...

HA...it's called getting smarter...I am for the fence if they'd actually build the son-of-a- but they won't, they'll just say that they will so people that feel the way I do will feel better...
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Initially, I was for this border fence but now that it seems evident there is no intent to actually fund this project, I am against it. The fact that it is being offered but not funded, I would offer, speaks to the political nature of the law. I think we should allocate funds that would otherwise be used for a fence to hiring more border patrol agents and relative equipment.
Same here. At first i was for the fence but now id just rather have more border patrol. And i mean a serious increase.
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Well they hope to drop 1-2 billion by hireing non-union, illegal workers to build it.


You know if they got illegals to build it, at key points they would build trap doors. THey better watch the building process like a hawk.
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Same here. At first i was for the fence but now id just rather have more border patrol. And i mean a serious increase.
Yep...very serious increase
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