Well, here’s the news on what will surely be our latest flop. The Supreme Court recently rejected a legal challenge by two environmental groups to the U.S. Homeland Security secretary’s decision to waive 19 federal laws so as to allow a barrier fence to be built across nearly 500 miles of border between Mexico, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The two environmental groups that challenged said ”the waiver obtained by Secretary Michael Chertoff in their case represented an unconstitutional repeal of federal laws. The waiver provision amounted to an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to Chertoff, with only limited judicial review of his decision”.
While America is reduced to drawing lines in the sand in 2008, we’ve already lost the battle years ago. The old cliche about closing the barn door after the horse escapes comes immediately to mind. With no sensible answer to our illegal immigration problems put forward by our great leaders, we are “forced” to build fences separating us from our neighbors. What a legacy we are leaving our children.
The Berlin Wall didn’t work. Why do Barack Obama and John McCain think this one will? [Prior to John McCain’s June 5, 2007 Con position in support of a fence along the US-Mexico border, his position was Pro as indicated by his Sep. 29, 2006 Yes vote on the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”] Because it’s twice the height? No one, especially Americans, should be building walls or fences. At a million dollars a mile, you’d think that the “Futile Fence” might actually work. But no, it’s being scaled by our southern brothers as we build it; even by grandmothers and children. Will the politics ever stop? Probably not, but I think it’s a little late in the game to be building fences. Where does it stop? Is Canada next? How about a naval blockade on our east and west coasts? Park a few aircraft carriers out there and bring-em-on.