May 30, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers
How the public gets misinformed
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Bob Beckel's Fence
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- May 30  
    Yesterday USA Today ran a story about border security. Common Ground: Border security trumps electoral politics.
    In it, Bob Beckel, liberal Democratic strategist, says:
    Bob: So do I. Most Americans want to know the border is secure. Already, 650 miles of fencing has been built on the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexican border. Hundreds of new border police have been hired. Drones are constantly flying over the border with high-definition cameras. I agree we need more than the administration's word that the border is secure. Surely, there are highly respected citizens such as retired federal judges who can verify the border's security.
When a Fence is Not a Fence
    There are about 650 miles of so-called fencing along the Mexican border, much of which is useless vehicle barrier. The DHS actually built about 283 miles of pedestrian fencing along the Mexican border. They left 72 miles of old mat fencing intact and took credit for building it. There are 34 miles of double-layered fencing as specified by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    One of the biggest problems on the border today is the stretch of land between Nogales and Yuma where only twelve miles of fence --- or pedestrian barriers exist. The rest is protected with vehicle barriers that people can step over or walk through. And, the Predators simply don't work. Verify that, Mr. Beckel.

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