Hunter wants ‘fence’ back in ‘Secure Fence Act
Reintroduces plan to require double-layer protections
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, author of the fencing provisions of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, has introduced new in the House of Representatives to require the construction of double-layered fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico within six months.
As WND previously reported, the language of an amendment submitted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, into the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, H.R. 2638, specifically exempts DHS from having to build any fence at all.
The Hutchison amendment reads, in part, ” … nothing in this paragraph shall require the Secretary of Homeland Security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors in a particular location along an international border of the United States, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location.”
The result of the Hutchison amendment was to give DHS total discretion to build a fence or not to build a fence in any particular location, removing from the Secure Fence Act the requirement that 700 miles of double-layer fence be built on the border with Mexico.