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House Homeland Security Member Admits House Bill Has No Border Fence In It

posted at 7:12 am on July 12, 2013 by

If you’re short on time, listen to the interview between Hugh Hewitt and Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania last night. It will depress you more than sufficiently. If you want to get the full effect, listen to Hugh and humorist James Lileks riff on the Barletta interview shortly afterwards. It’s pretty good.

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Kill this amnesty bill!

bluegill on July 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Wait a sec. Doesn’t have a border fence, period? Hell, even the Senate bill gave the pretense of demanding a few hundred miles of a border fence be built.

Doughboy on July 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Wait a sec. Doesn’t have a border fence, period? Hell, even the Senate bill gave the pretense of demanding a few hundred miles of a border fence be built.

Doughboy on July 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

No, the original bill simply said that Secretary DHS had to come up with a plan. The Hoeven-Corker amendment listed the fence, but also has a provision for the Secretary DHS to do whatever they want. It’s on page 30.

There’s a very long list of items, equipment and personnel in the amendment, all of which can be completely tossed out the window at the whim of DHS.

Congress must maintain authority over these matters and not hand them over to the executive. The Regime is completely out of control.

dogsoldier on July 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

By law it is supposed to be built and that law is 7 years old now.
It is called the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
Barletta was particularly depressing because he clearly has no intention or the desire to secure the border. He only want to appear as if he is doing something.

His attitude seems to be that if the fence cannot solve every single immigration problem then it must not be allowed to solve any.
That is like me saying the reason I never put a fence around my house is that it won’t stop somebody with a ladder and it doesn’t reinforce the glass in my windows.

Sometimes you have to do ten things to get to the point where you can do the one thing that is your goal and they all must be done one at a time.

NeoKong on July 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

it doesnt need fencing. a bill was passed back in bush’s day that called for fencing. what is needed is the funding for that fence. congress never provided money to build the fence that the law requires.

chasdal on July 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Relax guys, Republicans are just taking a page from the Obamacare playbook – we’re going to rely on the Honor System for security purposes.

Ukiah on July 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

A border fence is absurd. It would be an eyesore and would not prevent illegals from getting in. Better to have more agents policing the border.

rickv404 on July 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Ted Nugent for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary.

IndieDogg on July 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

A border fence is absurd. It would be an eyesore and would not prevent illegals from getting in. Better to have more agents policing the border.

rickv404

That’s probably why every prison in the country is getting rid of their fencing…it’s ugly and doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, Israel is glad you aren’t in charge, because you’d be saying their fence doesn’t work because it only stops 98% of illegals.

xblade on July 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This is depressing.. :(

Dire Straits on July 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Meanwhile, Israel is glad you aren’t in charge, because you’d be saying their fence doesn’t work because it only stops 98% of illegals.

xblade on July 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This.

Working class brought up the issue of the rio grande river the other day. We have to fence the areas that we can and buy the rest and fence it. But we have to do it.

dogsoldier on July 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM