Homeland Security: Caring for the Wealthy and Connected since 2002

It would appear that Michael Chertoff has not only decided to ignore U.S. law in order to ensure construction of his wet-dream border fence, he will now be giving away territory and citizen owned property to Mexico.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently waived more than 30 laws in order to expedite construction of the border fence. He did so with little regard for the concerns of residents, local officials and environmentalists.

And though the proposed path would cut through the properties of many citizens, it would bypass land owned by the wealthy and politically connected. The Texas Observer reported that the fence would detour around the River Bend Resort and golf course, as well as developments owned by the Hunt family, whose members are major supporters of President Bush. The fence would also cause irreparable damage to wildlife; two Texas nature preserves would wind up in Mexico. They’d likely have to close.

2 Responses to “Homeland Security: Caring for the Wealthy and Connected since 2002”

  1. DM Metzger says:

    You left out the most damning (in my mind anyway) piece from that article.

    The fence wouldn’t solve our immigration crisis. It would simply divert crossings to other places along the 2,000 mile border. It would do nothing about the 12 million unauthorized migrants already here. In fact, nearly half of all illegal immigrants entered the country legally and overstayed their visas, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is right in assessing the fence as a waste of money.

    Moreover, Congress has ceded too much power to Chertoff. In 2005, it granted him the authority to waive laws while prohibiting federal appeals courts from reviewing his decisions, undermining the system of checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution.

  2. That was what I meant to cover with the “ignore U.S. law” NY Times link but true, true. What a douche bag.

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