Tuesday, September 18, 2007

DHS: Seventy Miles of Border Fence Built in FY07

CQ has the news:

The Department of Homeland Security says by the end of fiscal 2007 — 12 days away — it will have added 70 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico.

DHS spokesman Brad Benson said in an interview that as of Monday the department had built 64.5 miles of fencing. A month ago, DHS had finished only 13 new miles, he said.

The department aims to build more than three times that — 225 miles of border fence — next fiscal year, for a total of 370 miles of fencing along the southern border when added to 75 miles of pre-existing border fence, Benson said.

This does at least put paid to the worst fears of border security proponents -- that the fence would never be built, right?

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