"In recent months, you have told audiences that as president you
will build a “Great Wall of China” with an electrified fence and
alligator-filled moat. One time you even compared immigrants to invading
Huns. Then, as these speeches become controversial, you tried to evade
"GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain came down hard on immigration
Saturday on the campaign trail, telling crowds in Tennessee that part of
his policy would be to build an electrified fence on the Mexican border
that could potentially kill anyone trying to enter the country
"After Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain
told a campaign audience that he believed the federal government should
erect a deadly, electrified, 20-foot border fence to help stem the flow
of illegal immigration, one of the top Hispanic lawmakers in Congress
slammed the GOP hopeful...
"Lauro Garza, 49, has been a Republican as long as he remembers,
proudly casting his vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and sticking with the
party ever since. But after hearing Herman Cain’s “joke” about killing illegal immigrants with an electric border fence, he’s seen...
"Border protection and immigration reform are hot-button issues, and
I’m sure we’ll hear much more from the campaign trial. But there’s a
difference between policies (and politicians) that treat immigrants as
problems and policies that treat them as people. ... We need solutions...
"Based on what studies do exist, the analysts say that building and
maintaining a fence through the remote or hostile terrain along the
border would run into billions of dollars, with no documented impact on
diminishing illegal crossings. ... Richard F. Cortez, the mayor of the Texas border...
"When the United States began building a piecemeal border fence to divide itself from Mexico in 2006, fine-art photographer Maurice Sherif
embarked on a journey to document what he considers the biggest project
since the Panama Canal. Unlike that effort, however, Sherif says the
"One of the obvious advantages of living within a gated community is
the sense of security. But what if you live on the wrong side of the
gate? Consider the plight of Tim Loop, 47, who lives on his family farm in
Brownsville, at the southernmost point along the United States-Mexico
"As other candidates attack him for being too soft on unauthorized
immigration, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich signed a
pledge on Thursday to build a double fence along the entirety of the
southern border of the United States. The former Speaker of the House promised in the...
"The wall literally divides his family: Loop's nephew and his son
Ray's family live on the Rio Grande side of the wall while he and his
wife Debbie and their other son live north of it. Would there be 24-hour
guards at the gates? Would they give you a key, or maybe a spotlight to
"Border officials wasted $69 million of taxpayer money after they
bought more steel than they needed to build the fence along United
States and Mexico border, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security . Customs and Border Protection completed...
"Some Texans, like Taylor, live completely on the other side of the $6.2 million-a-mile
wall. Others had their property split in half by the fence, after the
government seized portions of their land. At least 200 people in Cameron
County had some of their land seized for the fence."...
"The much-ballyhooed border fence has not just made it more difficult for
illegal immigrants to slip across from Mexico into the United States.
It has also become an obstacle, researchers say, for migrating bears." - New York Times, Dec. 21, 2011 .
"On a sunny strip of beach south of San Diego, California, the US
government is literally battling the tide of illegal immigration. Border authorities are building a fence extending 300ft (91m)
into the surf, in an effort to prevent would-be migrants from walking
over the frontier from Mexico's...
"When the federal government began seizing private land along the U.S.-Mexico border to build a towering fence, Teofilo Flores was offered $1,650 for a slice of his backyard. At first, it seemed like a square deal. But then the cotton grower learned that his neighbor had received 40 times more for...
"Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., says he opposes an immigration bill working its way through the Senate because it offers "a mere promise of enforcement in the future." For example, the bill’s promised 700 miles of border fencing — it just isn’t going to happen, he argues...
"The 18-foot-high border fence intended to seal the U.S.-Mexican border from San Diego to Brownsville will soon close a half-mile gap just west of Downtown El Paso. The new section will run right through the spot where many historians believe Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate crossed the...
"A plan by Republican Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money has stalled nearly three years after it was sanctioned by the Legislature. Private donations expected to fund the project dried up after only a fraction of the funding was in hand...
"The fence that separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Mexico, is a see-through wall of vertical steel rods 15 to 18 feet high, set four inches apart in a deep bed of concrete. It is a rusty ribbon that runs up and down dusty hills and streets, cutting one city into two and jutting into the desert...
"It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez. Tuesday they finally did. But they were separated by the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona. "I'm just a couple of bars, a couple steps away from her," the 35-year-old said he...