Sunday, March 30, 2008

El Paso Opposes New Border Fence

The El Paso City Council does not want to cooperate with DHS in its request to build part of the new border fence within city limits. Erica Molina Johnson writes in the El Paso Times:

The El Paso City Council on Tuesday unanimously opposed the installation of new border fencing sought by the Department of Homeland Security by denying access to a road by the Albuquerque District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps wanted to use the road to reach a staging area on International Boundary and Water Commission property.

Although prohibiting access to the Corps of Engineers may impede the federal government's process, it probably will not halt it, said Barry Morrissey, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.

"We're looking at other options," Morrissey said. "We're optimistic we'll be able to work through this and continue with the project."

The vote came after a presentation by El Paso Sector Border Patrol officials on the national Secure Border Initiative, which would increase personnel, and improve technology, innovation and infrastructure designed to prevent illegal crossing on foot over 93.14 miles of fence in the sector.

About 12 miles of that fencing would be inside the city. Click here for the full story.

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