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Friday, January 25, 2008

From DC: McKeon Calls for Reinstatement of Border Fence Funding

This just in from our friend Congressman Buck McKeon's shop:

McKeon Calls for Reinstatement of Border Fence Funding

Congressman joins over 90 colleagues in sending "Build the Fence" letter to Speaker Pelosi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) has joined over 90 members of Congress in calling on Congress and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to complete construction of the border fence that helps prevent illegal immigrants from crossing U.S. borders.

"The people of my district have made it clear that they want the border fence to be completed as soon as possible," stated McKeon. "Before Congress fell under Democratic control, we made great strides in gaining control of our borders; but then funding for the already approved border fence was effectively stripped from the Omnibus bill that passed last December. It is outrageous that given today’s atmosphere and the American people’s discontent with the lack of border security that we are even having this discussion. This is a non-negotiable item. We need to build the border fence. We needed it yesterday."

In a letter addressed to Speaker Pelosi, McKeon and others highlighted the Secure Fence Act that required double-layered fencing and the imminent need for greater control of our borders.

[From "Build the Fence" letter to Speaker Pelosi]

"Operational control of our borders should be among the highest priorities of
Congress. Every sovereign country has the right to control who enters and
remains within its borders. The United States is no exception. At risk are not
only demographic and economic considerations; but also porous borders entice
terrorists, drug cartel operatives and gang members to enter our country, and
therefore our communities."

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