OPERATION WETBACK .. PART IIWed Oct 4, 2006 20:13
OPERATION WETBACK .. PART II
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Lawmaker refuses to apologize for 'wetback' remarks
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - 9 hours ago
... last week in a radio interview when he said he supports bringing back a federal deportation program from the the 1950s called ''Operation Wetback.''. ...
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PHOENIX – State Representative Russell Pearce is refusing to apologize. The Mesa Republican denies calling anybody a ''wetback.''
Pearce ignited controversy last week in a radio interview when he said he supports bringing back a federal deportation program from the the 1950s called ''Operation Wetback.''
He says he never called anyone a name in that interview, saying he merely mentioned ''Operation Wetback'' as an example of how the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States could be deported.
Hispanic leaders are furious over the use of the term ''wetback'' and criticized Pearce for using a racial slur.
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Bill earmarks $13 billion for another fence along border
Nogales International, AZ - Oct 3, 2006
... elections mounting, the United States Senate passed a border security bill Monday allocating ... 80-19 vote sends the bill to President George Bush for his ...
Bill earmarks $13 billion for another fence along border
With no feasibility study yet, measure calls for completing barrier by 2008
By Jesse Froehling
With the pressure of midterm elections mounting, the United States Senate passed a border security bill Monday allocating $13 billion to construct a 700-mile fence along the nation's frontier with Mexico. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 does not include provisions for a guest worker program or a path to citizenship for people already here illegally. The 80-19 vote sends the bill to President George Bush for his approval.
The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 14. Bush is expected to sign it despite an earlier leaning toward a more comprehensive immigration law that would include paths to citizenship and guest-worker provisions.
The act drew differing responses from area lawmakers. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) disagrees with the fence. He voted against it.
Gov. Janet Napolitano, also a Democrat, favors the fence but, sparingly.
"The governor favors the fence provided it gets the technology and manpower to make it function," said Pati Urias, a spokeswoman. "The fence must be accompanied by comprehensive immigration reform to work. On its own, it won't solve problems."
Napolitano has summed up her philosophy: "Show me a 50-foot wall and I'll show you a 51-foot ladder."
Monday, Grijalva blasted the measure.
"Politicians will run around pounding their chests saying look what we did, look what we did. In reality, they did nothing. On the eve of the midterm elections they came up with this measure and passed it although it's been opposed by environmental groups, Native American groups and border communities." he said. "I'm extremely worried and concerned. This does not encourage Mexico to pick up their end of the enforcement issue. This is not comprehensive immigration reform. It's more political than anything else and we don't understand the expense. Anyone that knows the situation or lives on the border knows that this is not a solution. "
Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain, both Republican, voted for the bill and Kyl wrote parts of it. His provisions included criminalizing the construction of a tunnel across an international border and also adding 1,700 additional detention beds. That would bring the number of detention spaces to 27,500, according to Kyl's office. Kyl also wrote a provision that would add 500 new Border Patrol agents for a total of 1,500 new agents this year.
"Passage of this bill takes a significant step toward gaining operational control of the border," said Kyl. "It's clear that with this bill, coupled with the passage of the homeland security funding bill, Congress is serious about addressing border security and backing up our commitments by funding what we've authorized. I think everyone can agree that we need to gain control of our borders, and in the absence of Congress agreeing on comprehensive reform legislation now, I am pleased that bills such as this take immediate steps to help secure our borders "
The bill allocates $13 billion to build at least two layers of fencing, roads, lights, cameras and sensors stretching from 10 miles west of Calexico, Calif., to 10 miles east of Douglas. Similar fencing will be erected for 20 miles east and west of Tecate, Calif., as well as from five miles west of Columbus, N.M., to 10 miles east of El Paso, Texas. The fence will stretch from five miles west of Del Rio, Texas, to five miles southeast of Eagle Pass, Texas, and 15 miles northwest of Laredo, Texas, to the last port of entry in Brownsville, Texas. The only provision that grants any leniency is a 10 percent grade in the landscape. If the terrain is too steep, workers may build something else like a vehicle barrier, the act says. Otherwise, the fence will slice some 700 miles through the sand dunes, towns, Native-American reservations and nature preserves that dot the border.
That means Nogales gets another fence.
The act provides Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security with the authority to take all actions he deems necessary to maintain control over the nation's entire border. This includes surveillance using agents, sensors, satellite coverage, unmanned airplanes, radar coverage and cameras. The country has until May 30, 2008, to build most sections of the fence, the act says.
The act includes provisions for a feasibility study to construct a similar fence along the nation's border with Canada.
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