FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SENATE FLIP-FLOPS ON FENCE FUNDING
PHOENIX, AZ (August 3, 2006) – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), released the following statement on the Senate vote to fund some limited U.S./Mexico border fencing and vehicle barriers:
“The United States Senate, in their usual schizophrenic fashion, has passed an amendment today to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would allow for $1.83 billion for 370 miles of fencing and 461 miles of vehicle barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico. The Senate now voted against the fence, then voted for the fence, and then voted against funding the fence, and now for funding the fence. Politics as usual.
“The American people need to pay attention, as the vote is still pending on the larger spending bill and if it passes, it would still have to be reconciled to the House bill. Although some in the House of Representatives and even fewer in the Senate have been consistent in support for the full measure of means to secure our border—including the needed fencing, barriers, technology and boots on the ground—a great many of our politicians continue to play the style-over-substance game to make it appear they are doing something to secure our borders. These politicos are a long way from actually proving to the American people that they want our borders secured, and that they will act with constancy and principle to achieve this U.S. Constitution-dictated obligation of their office.
“The American people still do not trust that our government has the political will to secure our borders. We will keep their feet to the fire, as our voices are obviously being heard now, even in the elitist United States Senate.
“In the meantime, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is designing and doing the engineering studies, and actually already building security fences and barriers on private land using private donations. We are also identifying the locations where the fences will do the most good along the entire southern border. If the government ever does finally decide to authorize AND fund AND build these security measures, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps will already have the design data, plans and the information about where fences will be most effective.”
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