Thursday, April 03, 2008

Border Fence From Hell

In an article on Alternet this morning, Quick Border Fence Trumps the Environment, Liliana Segura has a lot more to say about Chertoff's power grab and the boondoggle along our border with Mexico resulting from the Secure Fence Act of 2006. I am grateful to Segura, and Lou Dobbs, for furnishing me with an identity here:

On CNN Tuesday, Lou Dobbs (whose new life mission seems to be to convince the American public that battling immigration is the most important part of the War on Drug) applauded the measure, praising Chertoff -- "Good for him. This shows real resolve" -- while also (rather hilariously) anticipating the protests that will follow from what he called those "snarky little chipmunks on the left."
Chipmunk is not the animal I'd choose on my own, but charming in its own way, and snarky is fine by me. The article also notes that both Clinton and Obama voted for the Secure Fence Act, and concludes:

Despite Chertoff's claims that the border fence can be completed by the end of 2008, its construction will more than likely extend into a new presidential administration, meaning that either Obama, Clinton or McCain will inherit the project. At this point, none will say anything of substance about how they will take it on. With immigration poised to be a major campaign issue, now would be a good time for them to recognize it for the misguided mess that it is.
Misguided in oh so many ways, yes indeed, such a symbol of all that has been wrong with this administration's fearful attitude towards, oh how can I say it....everything.
(Photo from LA Times)

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