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The Fence and regularization

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The agenda journalists of the Washington Post are peddling a story this morning that seeks to undermine the political credit the GOP has receievd for steering the border fence legislation through the Congress.

The Spencer Hsu story opens:

No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.

First, “as advertised” is slippery because the fence legislation did not designate the actual stretches of border where the fencing will be constructed.

Second, not to build significant extension of fencing along the border will doom regularization for the nation’s millions of illegal aliens.  There is no chance of regularization legislation passsing both Houses unless the public sees a genuine commitment to border security unfold.  It would be political suicide for the GOP to allow the fence to languish unbuilt in large part, but even the most ardent fence-opponent must realize that a bait-and-switch on the fence will doom progress towards the goal of some comprehensive regularization of the shadow population.

So, what’s the Hsu story about?  Undermining one of the key victories the GOP majorities engineered in this Congress: Genuine progress on border security.

There’s also a funny story in the Post on how new media could turn out to hurt the Republicans.

Right.  I often speak with Republcians who yearn for the fairness doctrine days when Dan Rather and the New York Times represented one third of all print and broadcast media.


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