They Are Elected to Protect, “We The People” … Its about Time … Senate Approves Mexican Border Fence


The US Senate last night passed legislation authorizing a 700 mile fence to be built on the Us-mexico-borderUS-Mexican border. The bill passed 80–19 in the Senate. Think illegal immigration and homeland security is not an important issue in the upcoming election? Earth to Republicans and George W. Bush … what do you think the American voters and namely your base want? How come so many Democrats crossed party lines to vote on this issue? Who do you think is on the right side of this debate?

Is it the only solution? No, but its a start in the right direction to begin to handle the Illegal Immigration issue and sure up our borders. Something is better than nothing and all things muct begin somewhere.

The Senate gave final approval last night to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border, shelving President Bush’s vision of a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in favor of a vast barrier. (Washington Post)


A memo to the Mexican government … we honestly do not care what you think. If you cannot handle or even care to address the border issue, the US will. Do not begin to tell us how to handle the control of borders of a sovereign nation.

Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, told reporters in Mexico City yesterday that his country plans to send a letter strongly condemning the measure in an effort to dissuade Bush from signing the bill.

In a post 9–11 world, its about national security as well as the issue of illegals coming to America in mass.

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    11 Responses to “They Are Elected to Protect, “We The People” … Its about Time … Senate Approves Mexican Border Fence”

    1. Molly on September 30th, 2006 4:22 pm

      What a laugh. You will never keep the illegals out.
      The democrats need their votes.

    2. nychic on September 30th, 2006 10:29 pm

      A friend of mine emailed this to me:

      The following is from a director with SW BELL in Mexico City.

      I spent five years working in Mexico.

      I worked under a tourist visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.

      During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. My wife’s was the same except hers did not permit her to work.

      To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:

      1. Birth certificates for my wife and me.

      2. Marriage certificate.

      3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.

      4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.

      5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.

      6. A letter from The ST. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was “a citizen in good standing.”

      7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our “I am the greatest person on earth” letter. It was fun to write.

      All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.

      Once they were completed we spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location (and we remember at least four locations) we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the government’s actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Laredo Texas. This meant we rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.

      We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.

      We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.

      We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The company’s Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually.

      The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.

      Leaving the country meant turning in the FM# and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.

      It was a real adventure and If any of our senators or congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.

      The Mexican Government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White House or government offices but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The US Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican Military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.

      Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on illegal immigrants.

    3. Houston on October 1st, 2006 6:56 am

      I do not think the fence is a good idea….there has to some other way? I don’t know what but something needs to be done. There have been reports about the Mexican Army crossing the border into South Texas….Fence is not going to keep them out.

    4. Skyboxx on October 1st, 2006 8:26 am

      The fence will never go up entirely. This was about congressmen and senators keeping their jobs in a mid term election. All my elected officials have written me back telling me how difficult illegal immigrations is to enforce, but that they “hear me”

      We have been “had” as a public.

      Alen Spector, Senator from Pennsylvania has a letter refering to the difficulties of enforcing illegal immigrations laws and the fear of the crimnial element if you do, or words to that affect? I dont get the guy, they are already breaking the law?

    5. txchic on October 1st, 2006 10:45 am

      every american should be required to take a trip along the american border towns to see just how their fellow citizens have been reduced to living.

      security bars on windows, guard gates at ranches, patrol agents cruising the roads, discarded stolen cars littering the roadways, sky high crime rates, closed hospitals due to lack of payment by illegals. it’s pathetic, we may as well give mexico the land 20 miles in from the rio grande.

      a fence is one part of a solution. we also need to change laws giving citizenship to anchor babies & limit the number of family members a new u.s. citizen can represent to enter the country. then crack down on employers & hold police accountable for bringing in anyone without valid i.d. showing citizenship.

    6. on October 1st, 2006 11:00 am

      The fence is good against crime in the USA. The average Mexicans who slip in to do illegal work in the USA are not the largest problem. If so many Mexicans can slip in, how many heavy criminals all countries can slip in and out? With the fence also the wages and employment for the Afros and Latinos already in the USA will rise. If most of them can work for a decent living less will be dragged into crime. 2 million inmates causes huge damage to the economy and the society. If only ten percent less inmates, one billion for the fence is only a scratch.

    7. LilPuma on October 1st, 2006 11:34 am

      Interesting info, Nychic! I don’t think the fence on our Southern border is going to solve the problem. I think there are three main aspects to this problem:
      1. Increase the number of border patrol agents and ensure they have the manpower and equipment to do the job. It sounds as if there are places where our agents are virtually at war with some of the Mexican gangs and drug cartels and we need to approach the problem realistically. 2. Revise our immigration laws – being born here to illegal immigrants should NOT give you US citizenship. A guest worker program should be implemented and there should be a realistic way of coming here legally.
      3. Those who organize protests for illegals against the US government should turn their attention to the Mexican government and work with US authorities to pressure them to improve conditions in Mexico so that Mexicans can find work and support their families, so their children can get health care and an education in Mexico. Mexico is a country rich in history and resources; corruption seems to be the only reason millions of their citizens head for the border. Ignoring that aspect of this problem is detrimental to all.

    8. txchic on October 1st, 2006 5:06 pm

      a guest worker program would be excellent if they could do a decent background check on all who apply.

      if the guest worker breaks 1 law then they loose their privilege of being here. that alone would lower the auto insurance of the average american. most hit & runs along the border are caused by illegals who don’t carry insurance.

    9. Jon on October 1st, 2006 11:23 pm

      I like what Sen. Kennedy said….’You show me a fence that’s _____ high and I’ll show you an ____ ladder.’

    10. kay zee ess on October 2nd, 2006 8:39 am

      One has to wonder which of the politically connected companies will get the contract to erect thet fence, and will it be a no bid contract.
      Will it be bi-partisan, or will we farm out the work to some foreign enterprise, China perhaps, seeing that they have already erected one once before.

      Oh well, someones’ pocket are going to be lined. Huzzah!!


      SM: That’s what you are worried about rather than securing our borders?

    11. Scared Monkeys on October 24th, 2006 10:11 am

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