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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 26, 2008 02:00 PM

Thought you should see this alert going out from Grassfire.org:

Sun Sets On Border Fence On 12/31/08

According to our contact in Rep. Duncan Hunter’s office, the fence-gutting provision that was put into the omnibus spending bill just before Christmas also causes the Department of Homeland Security’s authority on constructing new border fencing to expire at the end of this year. In essence, the sun sets on the border fence on December 31 of this year! In fact, our contact tells us the bill language could be interpreted as a prohibition against any fence construction after December 31 of this year.

Here’s the exact provision from H.R. 2764:

“In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall –

“(i) identify the 370 miles, or other mileage determined by the Secretary, whose authority to determine other mileage shall expire on December 31, 2008, along the southwest
border where fencing would be most practical and effective…”

Next President under no legal authority to build any border fencing

Consider what this means for the 2008 elections. The next President — whether it be Obama or Clinton or McCain — will have no clear legal authority to build any of the border fence at all. We will have a pro-amnesty president who not only doesn’t want to build the double-layer fence, he or she legally does not have to!

As a result, this fall’s elections could prove less important for border security than what you and I do right now to restore the Secure Fence Act. You may know that Grassfire led the fight to expose the “Border Fence Funding Hoax of 2006-7″ — Congress’ plan to gut the Secure Fence Act last year. Now, we’re pushing to get the Act restored. In three weeks, Ron De Jong and I will take part in a major press conference with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to present Grassfire’s petitions to Restore the Secure Fence Act.

Right now, we have about 117,000 signers. We simply must have 250,000 petitions in three weeks. If you haven’t done so already, please go here to sign the petition.

Grassfire’s “Where’s The Fence?” Ad Wins Award

Finally, I’m thrilled to announced that Grassfire.org’s “Where’s The Fence?” ad won the prestigious Silver Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants in the Issue Advocacy division. The ad — produced by our friends at Rapid Response Media (which won three Pollies this year) — had a measurable impact on last summer’s amnesty debate. It was certainly one of the most successful media campaigns we ahve conducted and if you supported this ad, then you share in this award.

Steve Elliott

Here’s the ad:

Oh, well. At least US funds will help pay for that fence…in Egypt.

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