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The Veep on Fences

Wednesday, May 17, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Vice President Cheney was on Rush’s show yesterday:

In an interview on Limbaugh’s nationally broadcast radio show, Cheney said the White House is well aware of “legitimate concerns out there on the part of a lot of folks” and is moving quickly to address them. Cheney said the president has “given serious consideration” to erecting a wall along parts of the southern border to keep illegal immigrants out.

“We think you’ve got to address all those aspects and facets of the problem,” he said. “And where appropriate, fences or security barriers make good sense.”

For specifics on the utility of fences, see this interview with the Border Patrol’s Kevin Stevens.

For some idea of the terrorist threat from the south, see this interview with Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale.

For the cost of the fence, see this interview with Senator Sessions.

And be sure to call the senator of your choice and urge a yes vote on the Sessions Amendment that would mandate 375 miles of new fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers: 202-225-3121.

A senator who votes against the Sessions Amendment is not serious about border security. Period.

Last night I heard two different radio hosts blasting away at the Senate bill’s impact on future legal immigration via the guest worker program. Neither show had bothered to note that the provisions they were assaulting has been amended earlier in the day:

Feinstein and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., prevailed 79-18 on an amendment to reduce the number of low-skill guest worker visas from 325,000 a year to 200,000 and to remove an automatic escalator that would have increased the low-skill visas by 20 percent each year that the ceiling was reached.

The relentless stupidity of many commentators on the bill (or laziness) warns people to take their news of the legislation with a grain (many grains) of salt when it comes from the pots and pan bangers.

If the Sessions Amendment passes, I will have moved much closer to support of the bill given yesterday’s amendment, and additional improvements over the next few days may make this a huge triumph.

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