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Patriots applaud victory on new border control measures

Final approval of legislation that provides a 700-mile, 15-foot-tall, high-tech double fence and other crackdown measures on the Mexican border is a classic example of how patriots can prevail when enough energy is exerted. The nation can be won back if patriots are inspired to win still more.

The Senate and President Bush had insisted for months on border-control measures that also included amnesty provisions for the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens now in this country. The House had passed a strong borders-only measure in December, where it languished in the Senate, which approved an amnesty measure.

So the House undertook a new tactic: push border controls on a bit-by-bit basis. This resulted in the fence bill, which also provides for more electronic
surveillance, using unmanned aerial vehicles, groundbased sensors, satellites, radar and cameras to prevent unlawful entries. The entire fence is to be completed by the end of 2008.

Meanwhile, angry Americans let their senators

know, loud and clear, they wanted the border protected. They bombarded senators with phone calls, letters and emails. Some sent bricks to the Capitol to “help build the fence.”

The case was helped by illegal aliens demonstrating under the Mexican flag and Mexican officials objecting to the fence, and by senators making fools of themselves. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) argued absurdly that Mexicans would use ladders to scale the double 15-foot wall.

The result was that the fence bill was approved 80-19, with amnesty advocates who had denounced the measure voting for it. The amnesty-advocating president signed it into law Oct. 3.

The momentum continues. A survey released in Washington Oct. 3 found two-thirds, or 66%, of Americans, concerned that the U.S. population is projected to reach 300 million by mid-century, oppose more immigration. The findings show that the voters, who amnesty advocates were toadying to, actually oppose more immigration by huge margins.

By a 6-1 ratio, Hispanics opposed population growth and blacks, like whites, oppose immigration growth by a 9-1 ratio.

Capitol Hill is buzzing—even with Congress in recess until a lame-duck session after the election—with talk about the turnaround. The opinions expressed can be thus summarized: once Americans are aroused, they can turn Congress around. It is aroused Americans who can balance budgets, pay off debts, end foreign entanglements, stop wars and return this nation to its constitutional foundations.

(Issue #42, October 16, 2006)

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Updated October 8, 2006