Actually, my title is inaccurate – typically, something must exist before it can vanish.
As shocking as it may sound, Congress has, yet again, reneged on promised border enforcement steps. This time, it appears Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) have led the charge to essentially kill the fence promised in late 2006:
Congress is poised to give the President a $516 billion omnibus spending bill that would downgrade previous mandates for a double-layered border fence to be built along the southern border.
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 required “two layers of reinforced fencing” be constructed in five separate areas, but Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.) slipped a provision into a fiscal year 2008 spending bill that weakens the law.
More details, including how much (little) fence has been built, are available at: Omnibus Busts Border Fence.
GOP Majority Leader John Boehner tried to blame the House Democrat majority: “The fact that this was buried in a bloated, 3,500-page omnibus speaks volumes about the Democrats’ unserious approach on border security and illegal immigration,” he said. “Gutting the Secure Fence Act will make our borders less secure, but it’s consistent with the pattern of behavior we’ve seen all year from this majority.” But it’s border state Republicans who’ve been gunning to undermine the law while the ink was still fresh.
Seems like it is worthwhile contacting your Senators and Representative and politely, but firmly:
1. Ask if they support the Hutchinson/Cornyn fence provision in the “omnibus spending bill”.
2. Remind them to uphold their promises, especially on this issue.
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT 1st)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT 2nd)
Rep. Chris Cannon (R- UT 3rd)
*If you are unsure who your Representative is, use the form at the top left of the House site.