September 29, 2006

The Fence Will Be Passed, and Will Be Funded

Frist said so last night:

And, just moments ago, the Senate invoked cloture on the Secure Fence Act of 2006 by a vote of 71-28. Tomorrow the Senate will pass this legislation and send it to the President’s desk for his signature.

By requiring the construction of at least 700 miles of two-layered reinforced fencing along our southwest border and by mandating the use of cameras, ground sensors, UAVs and other forms of hi-tech surveillance, this legislation will help us gain control over every inch of our borders. The Homeland Security appropriations bill authorizes $1.8 billion in funding … so construction will proceed as quickly as possible. As the fence is erected, more funding in future budgets will be required, but I’m confident that the 71 Senators who proved themselves serious about border security today will support continued funding.

Michelle Malkin has already said she’s not impressed.

Brain Shavings has a map.

The Wall Street Journal has already said it will be deeply saddened:

The only real way to reduce the flow of illegal Mexican immigration is to provide a legal, orderly process to match open American jobs with workers who want to fill them. Mr. Bush is for that, and so is the Senate, but House Republicans have concluded that they’re better off building fences. When Ronald Reagan spoke of America being a “shining city on a hill,” he wasn’t thinking of one surrounded by electrified barbed-wire fences.

Maybe, maybe not. But Reagan did mention some things the open-borders dingalings at the Wall Street Journal, who have been busily claiming that the Gipper would be on their side if he were alive today, seem to have forgotten (bolded items):

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 is the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952. In the past 35 years our nation has been increasingly affected by illegal immigration. This legislation takes a major step toward meeting this challenge to our sovereignty. At the same time, it preserves and enhances the Nation’s heritage of legal immigration. I am pleased to sign the bill into law.

Allow me to translate, WSJ:

  • Reagan obviously agreed with those who oppose all illegal immigration, and disagreed with you.
  • Reagan obviously recognized, as do those who oppose illegal immigration, that open borders and the lack of assimilation that accompanies open borders represent a challenge to our sovreignty. That means he disagreed with you.
  • Reagn clearly recognized the importance of allowing fairly significant numbers of LEGAL immigrants into this country, as do most of those who oppose all ILLEGAL immigration. That means he disagreed with you.
  • It’s fair to conjecture that the Gipper, observing what has occurred in the 20 years since the 1986 Act noted above, would reluctantly agree that a border fence is necessary. More likely than not, he would disagree with you on that too.
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