February 21, 2008


Texas cities oppose border fence (Jerry Seper, February 21, 2008, Washington Times)

Chad Foster, mayor of this Texas border city whose motto is "Where Yee-Hah meets Ole," isn't itching for a fight with the federal government over the construction of a 15-foot border fence along the Rio Grande. But if one comes, he's ready.

As is Efrain V. Valdez, mayor of Del Rio, Texas, located 56 miles upriver from here, who also has vowed to challenge a $1.2 billion plan by the Department of Homeland Security to build security fences along the U.S.-Mexico border, including a 65-mile stretch on the western edges of Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

"I'm speaking for 45,000 people when I say that those who want this fence don't understand the border, don't understand our sense of community," Mr. Valdez said. [...]

They are not alone in their opposition. Similar concerns are being expressed all along the south Texas border, where many civic and community leaders, along with private landowners, have been threatened by the federal government with eminent domain challenges or served with lawsuits.

Why do newspapers have Comics sections?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2008 1:13 PM

Wow, so it turns out people don't want the law enforced when they find it convenient or profitable to break the law? I guess that settles it! That's a very interesting form of "conservatism" you have there, Orrin.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 21, 2008 1:52 PM

So, we need a fence to protect the border states from ruinous immigration, but we can ignore the fact that the border states don't want a fence because their just greedy bastards profiting from immigration?

Posted by: Ibid at February 21, 2008 5:45 PM