I know that President Bush authorized the construction of a border fence. Then I heard critics say it wasn’t going to be built. What’s the story? In October of last year, just before the midterm elections, the president signed the Secure Fence Act. It authorized the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling and prevent terrorists from sneaking into the country. The act also authorized additional checkpoints, lighting, and high-tech devices to monitor the border. But the problem is the word “authorized.” “No money was attached to the bill,” says Democratic congressman Silvestre Reyes, of El Paso, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who now definitely knows the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. “It was more of a political piece of legislation designed to appeal to conservatives before the election.” And with the Democrats now in control of Congress, it seems unlikely that money will be set aside for construction.
So is the project dead?