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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:45 PM
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80-19 Senate Approves Putting Expensive Fence Around The United States
US Congress approves 700-mile (1,100-kilometer) fence for US-Mexico border
The Associated Press

Published: September 29, 2006
WASHINGTON The Senate has passed and sent to President George W. Bush a bill authorizing 700 new miles (1,100 kilometers) of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border as a deterrent to illegal immigration, just weeks before congressional elections.

The 80-19 vote Friday night was among the senators' final tasks before leaving to campaign ahead of Nov. 7 elections. The fence bill was passed by the House of Representatives two weeks ago.

The fence would cover one-third of the border. No one knows how much it will cost, but a separate bill also on the way to the White House makes a $1.2 billion (950 million) down payment on it. A 14-mile (23-kilometer) segment of fence under construction in San Diego is costing $126.5 million (100 million).

In addition to money for starting work on the fence, a homeland security bill passed Friday by the House and later by the Senate includes $380 million (300 million) to hire 1,500 more Border Patrol agents and money to build detention facilities to hold 6,700 more illegal immigrants until they can be deported.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/30/america/NA_GE...
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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:48 PM
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1. to keep us in or to keep brown people out? Wasn't that tried in Berlin?
:shrug:
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:48 PM
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2. Holy moses.
Didn't these morans ever hear of the Berlin Wall?
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:49 PM
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3. Let me guess, another no-bid contract for Halliburton? n/t
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:51 PM
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5. ain't gonna be Billy Bob's Fences-R-Us
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:50 PM
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4. 10 foot wall, 11 foot ladder.
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:51 PM
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6. 700 mile
slush fund.
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:36 PM
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16. With big gates to allow the Bush guest workers in... Another stupid
republican idea on top of another!
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:52 PM
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7. I can't wait until they put in the machine gun nests.
Pictures of dead bodies caught in the barbed wire will be classic.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:56 PM
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10. Stupidest decision of the past couple of hours.
The way this administration is going, you can't even be sure it's the stupidest decision of the day.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:53 PM
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8. Next session, a hairnet to protect us from airborne dandruff. n/t
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:53 PM
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9. I'm confused.
Are we fencing ourselves in or the rest of the world out?

We've got gunboats playing war games in the Great Lakes, effectively militarizing that part of the border with Canada and we're planning all these fences along the northern and southern borders.

Yet, at the very same time, I'm reading about the super-secret, corporate-run _NAU (North American Union)_ that's planning to effectively merge Canada/US/Mexico.

It can't be both ways, can it? So which is it?

:shrug:
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 12:57 PM
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11. Ah but the crux of the matter
is that the checkpoints will allow goods to come from the South and capital will flow freely while keeping out the people whose land and goods are being stolen by el Norte'.

Not to mention all the security slush fund contracts. Armed madhouse.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:01 PM
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12. Then it's not modeled on the EU, is it?
It would be strictly corporation-controlled armed camps and institutionalized slavery.
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Union Thug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:13 PM
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13. To keep people out or to keep people in?
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:13 PM
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14. Jeez, this is the dumbest thing ever!
Who thought of this lame-brained idea? Why don't we just put a bubble over the country just in case anyone decides to parachute in? I can't believe anyone honestly thinks this will work!!
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-30-06 01:22 PM
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15. All they had to do was fine the employers and the problem would
be gone... But hell no.. we can't point the fingers at the republican base..
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