So, whatever happened to that border fence in Texas that was supposed to help keep illegals from flooding
into the United States? So far, not enough, according to the Houston Chronicle:
federal government has completed just a half-mile section of the 110 miles of
pedestrian border fence promised along the Texas-Mexico border.
incomplete portion, about 109.5 miles, accounts for about a third of the 316
miles of pedestrian and vehicle barriers that remains to be built along the
border that officials had hoped to complete by the end of President Bush's term
delays in completing the politically charged project, designed to stem illegal
immigration, have been blamed on politicians' resistance, landowners'
unwillingness to sell, shortages of materials, soaring costs and unforeseen
Judicial Watch has been
tracking this situation closely. In fact, in July, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain documents so we could get
to the truth about the delays. You can probably guess what happened
next. DHS stonewalled, forcing Judicial Watch to file a lawsuit last
Our questions are rather
basic. Here are a couple of them. First, what properties will be
used for the fence and how are they selected? And, second, do the
politicians who are leading the charge against the border fence own land that
has been selected for use? Obviously, if this is the case, their
opposition to the border fence might be based on their personal interest, and
not the interests of the public.
So far answers are in short
supply. That is why we file these open records requests, to provide the
American people with as much information as possible so they can make their own
informed opinions. You can be sure I’ll have much more on this issue in
future installments of the update.