Arizona launched a website Wednesday to accept donations to pay for fencing along the Mexico border, and a supporter says the $3.8 million people donated to defend the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law could be just a taste of what to expect.
Gov. Jan Brewer’s legal-defense site for the law known as SB1070 raised money for “an intangible service – you’re paying for a lawyer,” said state Sen. Steve Smith. “This, you can taste and smell what you’re getting – you’re paying for a secure border.”
The launch of buildtheborderfence.com was keyed to Wednesday being the date most new laws passed during the Legislature’s 2011 regular session go into effect.
Smith, who sponsored the legislation authorizing the fence project, said Tuesday that his initial goal is $50 million.
“It’s not my end goal. If we can raise $50 million, we’re off to a fabulous start,” the first-term Republican said.
What the money will actually buy has yet to be determined. A border security advisory committee consisting of legislators, state agency directors and county sheriffs will make recommendations to the Legislature on how and where to spend the money.
The website is Build the border fence
The constitutional duty of the Federal Government is to protect “We the People of the United States.” However, you should know that:
- According to a February 2011 report by Congress’ chief watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, just 44 percent of the nearly 2,000 mile-long border is under operational control, and just 15 percent is totally controlled.
- The border fence constructed in Yuma, Arizona successfully thwarted 93 percent of all illegal crossings in that area. This proves that fences do in fact work!
- There have been over 35,000 deaths and murders along the U.S. Mexican border since 2006.
- According to an investigation by the House Committee on Homeland Security, intelligence officials have determined members of the terrorist group Hezbollah have already infiltrated the U.S. by crossing at the southern border. Border Patrol agents recovered military-style patches on clothing near the border—one patch contained the word “martyr” in Arabic and another depicted a plane appearing to fly into sky scrapers.
- In 2009, according to Homeland Security documents, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials detained 45,279 illegal aliens classified as OTM (Other Than Mexican), many of whom were from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Pakistan.
- Additionally, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before the House Appropriations Committee stating that these OTMs “are individuals from countries with known Al Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic.”
- One hundred thirteen Border Patrol officers have been killed in the line of duty according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Estimates show that the United States spent over $100 billion on services for illegal aliens in 2010.
Currently, the immigrants trying to cross the border into the US are in the hands of the cartels that control northern Mexico. Having an unguarded, unprotected border is not in the US’s best interest: Border security is national security.