Border fence dead on arrival

File this with Frist’s comments about the Taliban in the “What’s the difference?” folder.

They’re laughing at you:

The loopholes leave the Bush administration with authority to decide where, when and how long a fence will be built, except for small stretches east of San Diego and in western Arizona. Homeland Security officials have proposed a fence half as long, lawmakers said…

Asked whether Homeland Security would build 700 miles of fence, department spokesman Russ Knocke would not say…

The office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) yesterday released a letter from House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) promising to ensure that Chertoff has discretion over whether to build a fence or choose other options

Congress also hedged on when a fence would be completed. The law mandating it said Homeland Security officials should gain “operational control” of the border in 18 months. But the law funding it envisions five years. Chertoff has set a goal of two to three years, but only after completion of an immigration overhaul.

The boss called this three weeks ago. I guess when you cover this issue as thoroughly as she has, you realize you should expect nothing from your representatives. Which, I think, most of us don’t when it comes to this issue.

So why do we still feel disappointed?

The French, incidentally, are dealing with their immigration problem this week too. The only way they know how.