Owens Backs Fence to Close off U.S. Border

Fernando Quintero, Rocky Mountain News (Denver), Oct. 28

Gov. Bill Owens said he supports a high-tech fence along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border similar to what Israel is building on the West Bank.

Owens, whose remarks were made on Peter Boyles’ morning radio show Thursday, called for putting up a “nonfatal fence that had monitors on it.”

Talking about immigration reform, Owens said, “the system needs to be changed. There’s actually a way to do it that, I think, is humane and would solve the problem. That is, first of all, close the border.”

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“Through that fence, people who want to come and get in line to be citizens—that’s stream one,” he said. “Second are guest workers who are identified, they are fingerprinted, they have permanent identification and they are here for a fixed period where there’s a job.

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