Week of 8.15.08
The Border Fence
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In 2006, Congress authorized the Secure Fence Act - a multi-billion dollar plan to build hundreds of miles of fencing along the southern border of the United States to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants and provide security from potential terrorism. But what was built to fight illegal immigration has turned into a nightmare for many Americans living along the U.S.-Mexico border. The fence, which will cover less than half of the actual border, inexplicably cuts through the middle of some properties, while leaving others untouched. Many question if it can keep people from sneaking in at all.
Video: The Border Fence
This week, NOW senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Texas to meet border families who fear losing their property, their safety, and their way of life. We also follow an investigative reporter who questions whether certain landowners are getting preferential treatment.
Video: 'The Wall'
Arizona residents share what's wrong with the fence built in their yard.
(From The Border Wall, a film by Wayne Ewing)
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Border Security
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Border Fence Environmental Planning
The Border Fence in the News:
The Associated Press: Feds acknowledge fence will hamper border life
The Los Angeles Times: Border fence challenge rebuffed by Supreme Court
The Monitor: It Begins: Granjeno prepares reluctantly for the start of border wall construction
The New York Times: Power to Build Border Fence Is Above U.S. Law
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The New York Times: Homeland Security Stands by Its Fence
The Texas Observer: Holes in the Wall
The Texas Observer: Against the Wall
The Candidates on Immigration:
AZ Central: McCain: Border fence first, then reform
McClatchy: On immigration, McCain and Obama very much alike