Evil enough to destroy the border fence in the dark of night right before Christmas, when people are busy shopping and not watching Congress carefully. Legislators know full welll that Americans want their border enforced, as required by the Constitution (Article 4, Section 4).
According to Rep Brian Bilbray (interviewed on the John and Ken radio show on Tuesday 12/18), the omnibus spending bill is even worse than how it's been described in many reports.
It's bad enough that the legislation reduces the fence from a substantial double structure with a road in the middle to an easily scalable single wall. But in addition, the Congressional leadership cut out the provision that required federal contractors to use the e-verify system to make sure workers were legal; Congress doesn't even want to prevent hiring illegals with federal funds. (Listen here to what Rep Bilbray has to say.)
And the malevolence doesn't stop there. Any fencing is now discretionary and subject to the desires of local Indian tribes, community groups and property owners. Since when did imaginary property rights trump the ability of the government to enforce the nation's borders and sovereignty?
On Wednesday, John and Ken featured an "absolutely infuriated" Rep Ed Royce, who said, "The fence is not going to be built." He was further incensed that at the same time as the fence was gutted, Bush still plans to send Mexico a $1.4 billion aid package to help Mexico's police against drug cartels.
"The American public should be infuriated about this," he said. "We had one thing that we knew worked well because we had listened to the Border Patrol down there... Instead we're going to spend $1.4 billion in taxpayer assistance, giving that money and technology across the border and I can tell how this will work. I was down there on the border, on the fence when we saw [Mexican] customs agents on the other side ... helping the cartels tunnel underneath the US border."
For $1.2 billion we could have built the border fence and kept many of the drug smugglers out of this country altogether. But no, not with a Mexiphilic Congress as well as a Mexichurian President.
Royce continued, "And this isn't all of it. It provides $10 million to pay lawyers to defend illegal immigrants that are in this country."
Our tax dollars at work!
No doubt el Presidente Calderon is happy with his big Christmas present from Washington. The American people, however, will not be pleased when they find out how thoroughly we have been shafted by our elected representatives, as US sovereignty is dismantled by those who swore to protect and defend it.