Hispanic GOP Group Writes Open Letter to Herman Cain

"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 criticism...

Was Herman Cain Joking Or Not?

"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 illegally. He...

Top Hispanic Congressman Slams Herman Cain’s Electric Border Fence

"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...

GOP Activist Leaving Party Over Herman Cain’s ‘Electric Fence’ Idea

"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...

Violent Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric: “It Will Kill You – Warning.”

"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...

Some Cheer Border Fence as Others Ponder the Cost

"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...

The American Wall: Plate 17

"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 steel barrier...

Texas border fence upends Rio Grande farmer's life

"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 border...

Newt joins Bachmann on double-fence pledge

"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...

Border Patrol issues 'secret' passcodes so border landowners can enter own property, on U.S. soil

"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 ...

Report: Feds wasted $69 million on border fence

"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...

Americans struggle to live in America...on the 'Mexican side' of border fence

"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."...

Border Fence Blocks Bears in Migration, Study Finds

"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 .

Fence to nowhere

"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...

Landowners With Lawyers Get More For Border Fence Property

"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...

LexisNexis Expert Steve Yale-Loehr on the Fence and the House

"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...

Texas Rancher Threatens to 'Get Kinda Western' on DHS over Border Fence

"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...

Arizona Border Fence Plan Stalled After 3 Years

"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...

Borderline Insanity at the Fence in Nogales

"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...

Steel Communion

"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...