April 20, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Border Security for Dummies
Spencer spells it out
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- April 20   
    A couple of days ago I laid out a simple plan for securing the border. It turns out it was too simple because some didn't understand it. One even said that the Sonic Barrier couldn't be installed on Indian Reservation land. This is not true. In fact, the federal government has already constructed vehicle barriers on the border adjacent to Indian Reservations (see map).
    Moreover the Roosevelt Easement allows the federal government access to 60 of the border with Mexico. This is from a GAO report: "The land where this fencing was built has been publicly owned since 1907 when President Theodore Roosevelt reserved a 60-foot strip along the international boundary with Mexico for the United States to maintain the area free from obstructions as a protection against the smuggling of goods between the United States and Mexico. In effect, the Roosevelt easement provided the federal government with a 60-foot border right-of-way on which it could build the fence."
    The federal government has the power to construct a fence along the border to protect the United States. In fact, in 2008 DHS Secretary Chertoff issued a waiver "to bypass environmental reviews to speed construction of fencing along the Mexican border." (NY Times)
    To avoid any further misunderstanding about my border security proposals, I have fleshed them out a little more. See "How Border Security Can Work." Please read it carefully.

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