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Support for the building of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is growing among Americans, asserts a group dedicated to passing federal legislation that would fund the erection of such a barrier.
We-Need-A-Fence says it began a television advertising campaign this week to push its idea of a 2,000-mile-long fence on the southern border.
“The first priority of the federal government is national security. National security is inherently incomplete if it does not include border security,” the group states on its website.
Those behind the effort point to a recent CNN online poll showing 87 percent of respondents supporting the building of a security fence. Television ads for the effort are scheduled to run on CNN and Fox News Channel, according to the group.
WeNeedAFence.com stresses the security danger of unimpeded illegal immigration, noting that more than 100,000 “Other Than Mexican” illegals have crossed the border this year, including nearly 500 individuals from federally designated “special interest countries.”
Speaking of the fence, the group states, “The multi-layered barrier would accommodate commerce, tourists and legitimate commuters with controlled crossings. With a price tag of $8 billion, We-Need-A-Fence maintains that building a fence is a relatively inexpensive way to prevent the kind of inhumane and costly terrorist attacks that the nation has already suffered.”
The activists say to properly patrol the border without a fence, the current number of 11,000 federal agents would have to be increased to 150,000 to 200,000 – at a cost of $5 billion to $10 billion annually.
The group is pushing for a barrier similar to the one used by Israel that would include:
- A ditch
- Coils of barbed wire
- Two tall, sturdy wire fences, with sensors to warn of any incursion.
- A patrol path for vehicles between the fences
- A smoothed strip of sand that runs parallel to the fence, to detect footprints, and
- Closed circuit TV cameras and motion detectors.
We-Need-A-Fence is supporting a bill in Congress sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that calls for the building of a border fence. The group hopes that any immigration law passed by Congress this fall will include a fence provision.