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Thursday, May 18, 2006

$1,900,000,000

Yes, that is correct $1.9Billion, or approximately $7.00 from every man, woman, and child in
our country or about $38,000,000 from every state. (USA Today Article)

This is the amount that Bush is requesting to "protect" our southern borders by adding border
patrol officers, using the National Guard, manned and unmanned flights, and - oh yes he suggested it - a fence along selected parts of the US / Mexico border.

Let's stop and think about this for a minute. You are a Mexican citizen trying to gain illegal entry into the United States for a better opportunity for yourself and your family. You cross from some Mexican border town, heading north along a route used by hundreds of immigrants before you. All of a sudden you encounter a fence in the middle of the desert. You pick a direction (left or right) and start walking. After a few miles you give up and head back to the
border town you came from.

At that town, the person you paid to smuggle you into the country uses Google Earth, reads USAToday, the NY Times, or any other national paper. He finds the best route around the fence and sends you on your way, along this new route.

Unless we fence in the entire US / Mexico border this is the situation that will play out time and
time again. This is exactly the scenario that Senator Dick Durbin is
suggesting - that the 500 to 1,000 miles of fencing currently proposed is
simply a "down payment" on future fences.

Now can we do something better with this money as a nation? Can your state use an extra $38,000,000. Perhaps for education or health care reform?

We also need to stop and think about this situation with Mexican immigrants.

1. Unless you are 100% Native American, your ancestors came from somewhere.
2. Americans are not lining up for the jobs "taken" by immigrants.
Most Americans think that they are above landscaping work, being maids, or
day laborers - unless they get paid grossly inflated wages.
3. By investing in our futures (education, health care, true tax reform, social
programs, etc) we can improve the status of our population much better
then installing a fence around the country.

The real situation here is that Bush is bankrupting this country through his failed and illegal war, failed national policy, failed energy policy, and failed foreign policy. He is using fuel prices and illegal immigration to distract the American people from the real problems with his stolen presidency.

He also continues to enrich his friends and political supporters at the expense of the American people and our soldiers fighting overseas.

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