Posted on October 28, 2005

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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