Thursday, July 9, 2009

Senate Fence Vote Criticized

From the Border Action Network:

US Senate Disdains Border Communities and Votes to Continue Dysfunctional Border Wall
Concerns Expressed by Border Sector Were Ignored by Majority of Senators

El Paso, Texas, July 8th, 2009. The Border Network laments the lack of seriousness showed by the US Senate when a majority of the Senators, Republicans and Democrats, passed an amendment to keep building a border wall at the expense and against the will of border communities.

“It seems that senators have decided to ignore the basic mandate expressed in the last elections, which was to change ill-conceived immigration policies,” said Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human Rights, a community organization based in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.  “Instead of working hard to find comprehensive, practical and efficient solutions for our broken immigration system, senators have decided to continue with dysfunctional and fiscally irresponsible border enforcement policies,” added Garcia.

The Bush administration initiated the construction of the Border Wall as a result of a political decision, sacrificing elemental security procedures and alienating border communities which have continually mounted legal challenges to the wall’s construction.  Based on conservative estimates, when the wall is complete, it will have cost tax-payers more than $9 million dollars per mile. The Senate amendment calls for an additional 700 miles of double-layer border wall to be constructed by December 31, 2010.

“A minority of anti-immigrant senators have hijacked national security policy.  It appears that rhetoric, hate, and fear are still driving the immigration policy and that nothing has changed from the previous administration and Congress that scape-goated border residents and immigrant communities at a huge cost to the American taxpayer,” concluded Garcia.

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