Senate Rejects Border Fence

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, June 18, 2013

Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.

The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill’s authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it.

Republicans had offered the fence as a way to build the confidence of voters skeptical that the government will enforce its laws, but opponents said building more fencing is costly, would take too long, and shouldn’t be dictated by Washington.


Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, proposed the border fence amendment, which would have prevented the administration from granting any illegal immigrants legal status under the bill until at least 350 miles of double-tier fencing has been erected, and would withhold full citizenship rights until 700 total miles have been built.

Minutes after the border fence, senators also voted to weaken current law that requires the government to have biometric checks such as fingerprints or eye-scans for every visitor to the U.S.—a recommendation of the 9/11 commission that looked into the terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

Senators said it is too expensive to check fingerprints at all air, land and sea ports of entry. Instead, the bill calls for photographic checks at air and sea ports, but excludes land ports.

“When is our federal government going to keep its promises when it comes to the issue of border security?” said Mr. Thune, the sponsor of the fence proposal.

Mr. Rubio said he supports building a border fence, and pointed to $1.5 billion included in his bill for more infrastructure, which he said will go to a fence plan. Mr. Rubio said Mr. Thune’s amendment didn’t lay out the details for “a specific border plan.”

“Therefore, I will oppose his amendment and instead continue to work with my Republican colleagues to arrive at a new measure that improves on the significant border security measures already in the bill,” the Florida Republican siad.


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  • David Ashton

    Self-defence against invasion is often expensive, less so that invasions around the globe.

    • me

      Why would they secure the southern border from squat monkeys when they’re importing violent, towel-headed Muzzies by the gross? Our government has gone full retard. Once the European Americans are gone, this country is going to look like Detroit EVERYWHERE….

  • OhWow

    Mexico has Marines on their border. We have a few bushes, and a few border agents every 100 miles.

    • Bossman

      Every border is a shared border. Mexicans are not spending money to protect themselves from the USA. Their was a news item that Mexicans will send Marines to their southern border but their job is supposed to be a humanitarian one.

  • I think this is good, because this whole monstrosity will be more likely to die in the House of Representatives this way.

    • The__Bobster

      I can’t even figure why it’s alive in the first place. All we need is an enforcement-only bill. All the rest is a reward for bad behavior and a tripling of cheap imported labor.

  • Tannhauser

    Voting against border security and with the libs and their messiah Obama, now that’s true conservatism Rubio.

    • Erasmus

      Yup, and Marco is the future of the GOP. Now, can anyone still say with a straight face that the GOP now has a bright future?

      • NordicHeritage

        “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

        Marcus Tullius Cicero

        • Tannhauser

          Awesome quote, it perfectly describes our leaders and the governments attitude. Read Roman history, the greatest civilization of the ancient world rotted from within, much like what is happening in America.

  • The__Bobster

    Now we’re seeing their true intent. The open-borders traitors never wanted a fence because they knew it would work. It certainly works in Israel.

    • BonusGift

      Bingo. It is clear by their actions what they want and who they despise. They seem almost to be angry with us when we don’t embrace our genocide.

    • It works in Israel, and it works between India and Bangladesh, which is why Muzzie fanatics are invading Burma. It also worked during the Cold War – to keep people in the “Worker’s Paradises”.

  • RisingReich

    “Too expensive to check everyone as they come in the country…”…hmmm oh yeah.

    Coming to your Country soon – “Too expensive to NOT check people as they try to LEAVE the Country.”

    • IstvanIN

      It is actually more expensive to not protect one’s country.

      • BonusGift

        You are exactly right; but it is clearly an excuse with no real meaning other than to justify their treason.

    • Too expensive? In December 2011 the BATF tore open a friend’s gun safes after they couldn’t find the keys to them in my house, just to make sure his guns were in his gun safes, after refusing to meet with him and have him open the safes for them. This involved five or six agents for a weekend of overtime pay, and they still won’t reimburse him for about $800 worth of damage they did.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        There’s always the money, and more importantly, the will to terrorize native born White Americans.

      • RisingReich

        I should have included the ‘sarcasm’ delimiters.
        I agree that no expense will be spared to demonize, humiliate and generally terrorize White people.

  • libertarian1234

    All it would take to scatter the leftist politicians and send them scurrying like rats to find a hole to hide in would be for a terrorist attack to occur in this country that could be traced to infiltration from Mexico.

    Which raises the question as to why that hasn’t occurred yet, because it would be easy enough to do.

    Bush has been lauded as well as this bizarre spy network for preventing another terrorist attack and keeping us safe, both of which are absolutely absurd.

    Terrorists can come into this country any time they want under the cover of darkness with horses and burros loaded down with weapons and explosives, just as they do hundreds of times per year with drugs.

    My guess is that they’re not yet ready to make a move like that, but the option is available to them any time they want to take it.

    • Greg Thomas

      Terrorists have no need to go through mexico, not when the front door is wide open for them. They simply come here on a “student” visa and the rest is child’s play. You keep forgetting that “diversity is our strength.”

    • Jackryanvb

      Get on Jihadist web sites and dare them to try to come through our tough Southern border, dare them to try to do anything against the Cambride Mass gay pride parade.

      Muslim Jihadists are pussies, they’ll never make it through our border patrol.

  • mobilebay

    At least we know who not to vote for next time around. I hope the gangsters have enjoyed their little fling in the limelight. I think their constituents will send them home the next time they vote and elect people who care more for their own citizens than they do for foreign criminals

    • Jackryanvb

      HOw about doing something a bit more than just not voting for immigration traitors ?

      Make lists of all the traitors’ staff, family, friends, lovers – where they live, hang out, play golf, who they sleep with….

      Put the word out.

      When immigration traitors become social pariahs, shunned by respectable society, things will change our way.

      Being nice, being polite, just vowing to vote some traitor out of office some time in the distant future, it’s not working.

      • evilsandmich

        I wish I was friends with someone that stupid, but alas the worst that it gets for my acquaintances
        is apathy.

  • Lila Dennis

    The United States is not, and has never been, a sovereign nation. The U.S. started as a commercial enterprise and remains so unto the present. Any sense of sovereignty we might have has been imposed on us by the shopkeeper in an effort to protect his investment.
    Our country can be viewed as an enormous shopping mall and every shop-owner knows it’s bad business to build a wall around your store.

  • Lila Dennis

    The United States is not, and has never been, a sovereign nation. The U.S. started as a commercial enterprise and remains so unto the present. Any sense of sovereignty we might have has been imposed on us by the shopkeeper in an effort to protect his investment.
    Our country can be viewed as an enormous shopping mall and as every shop-owner knows it’s bad business to build a wall around your store.