WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER FENCE?
ADMINISTRATION MISSING BUSH’S DEADLINE FOR 70 MILES OF BORDER FENCE AND FEDS REDUCE NATIONAL GUARD TROOP PRESENCE WHILE THOUSANDS OF ILLEGALS CONTINUE TO CROSS THE BORDER DAILY UNDETECTED AND UNDETERRED
PHOENIX, AZ-The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) challenges the Bush Administration to prove it is on schedule for the construction of 70 miles of physical border fencing that President Bush promised would be completed by September 30, 2007. As of today, less than 20 miles of fencing has been constructed, and to stay on track, a crash building schedule of nearly 10 miles of fence per week is now required before the President's September deadline expires.
"If the administration truly wants the American people to believe it understands the importance of border security first, then they are doing a terrible job of selling it to the public," states Chris Simcox, MCDC Founder and President. "America wants more troops and more physical barrier fence, but Washington politicians just keep making empty promises, and dancing the Potomac two-step."
On May 30, 2006, months before he signed the Secure Fence Act in October 2006, President Bush promised to construct 70 miles of fencing. $1.9 Billion was appropriated for fence construction as well as compensation for 6,000 National Guard troops, of which half are now being removed from border deployment. Of the promised 70 miles of finished border fence by the President's self-imposed deadline of September 30, 2007, barely 20 miles stands. The agencies in charge are now asking U.S. Border Patrol agents to volunteer their time in order to build fencing-which was originally a task relegated to members of the National Guard troops, so that over-burdened Border Patrol agents could focus on border enforcement and apprehensions.
Unlike the U.S. government, the Minutemen have already been implementing a plan for border security that is more than just "virtual" and has garnered impressive results. Along with their border watches, it includes an effective material barrier-achieved by volunteering their time, energy and personal funds in order to build highly effective demonstration security fencing on private ranch land, expensed through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally. To educate the public and force federal government attention to the realities of border security, Minuteman volunteers have taken steps to build this fence along the border which will utilize state of the art technology with the fiber optic mesh produced by FOMGuard, USA, also currently in use on U.S. military installations, the DMZ in Korea and the West Bank in Israel, and recently featured in National Geographic magazine.
The Minuteman message of "border security first" has further provided a growing impetus for the creation of 92 MCDC nationally-sponsored chapters, organized at the state and local levels. MCDC has been stalwart in advocating that border security be implemented immediately with funds already allocated to the Department of Homeland Security's treasury through the 2006 Secure Fence Act, and with the placement of 20,000 National Guard troops stationed on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Simcox continues, "The Bush Administration needs to get serious and stop playing politics. The American people would be better served if the Secure Fencing Act was implemented without any more Washington games-playing. The money should be used to build the Minuteman-style double-layered, doable model, rather than wasted on unproven 'virtual' fencing. We need a real fence-and President Bush promised the 70-mile start of it by September."