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Will the damned fence ever get built?

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 31, 2007 03:20 PM

Mexico is objecting to construction of the security fence on the southern border because it would–horrors!–block the free migration of birds, insects, and pollen. And we can’t have that:

Mexico is calling on the United States to alter a plan to expand border fences designed to stem illegal immigration, saying the barriers would threaten migratory species accustomed to roaming freely across the frontier.

Ways to minimize environmental damage from the fences could include the creation of cross-border bridge areas so that ecosystems remain connected and “green corridors” of wilderness without roads that would be less attractive to smugglers, according to a report released yesterday and prepared for the Mexican government by experts and activists from both nations.

The report also proposed “live” fences of cactuses, removable fencing, and more permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border.

Mexican government officials aren’t the only ones playing the environment card to block the fence. Both Republican and Democrat lawmakers have joined with Big Business interests to use green arguments to stop construction. And you can bet there are Bush officials behind the scenes nodding their heads and encouraging the delays.

Meanwhile, there’s an RNC rebellion taking place over border security. The WashTimes’ Ralph Hollow reports:

State Republican officials from across the country on Thursday will formally break with the desire of President Bush and other top Republican leaders to include amnesty and other benefits for illegal aliens in immigration-reform legislation.

So far, 47 members of the 168-member Republican National Committee have signed a resolution that unequivocally opposes the Bush-backed policy that would grant legal residency to millions of illegal aliens.

“My signing on to this resolution simply reflects the fact that we in the party around the country fear — and feel that no one in Washington is listening to, or cares about, what we feel about issues and policy,” said Terry Strine, chairman of the Delaware Republican Party. “This lets them know.”

RNC chairman Mel Martinez had no comment.

Will Lindsay Graham and Michael Chertoff condemn the pro-enforcement RNC members as bigots and loud people who want to execute illegal immigrants? Just a matter of time…

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