News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Border-fence project bypasses federal laws

Chertoff's waiver shows 'extreme abuse of authority'

Sean Holstege
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 2, 2008 12:00 AM

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is using his authority to bypass federal environmental and other laws to finish building 470 miles of new fence along the Mexican border this year.

Chertoff announced Tuesday his plan to sidestep 37 environmental-, historic- and cultural-protection laws under authority granted by Congress. It means the Department of Homeland Security can build barriers along the Mexican border, including 44 miles in Arizona, without further public input.

With the completed miles, half of Arizona's international frontier will have some form of physical barrier.

"Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation," Chertoff said in a prepared statement.

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