Quiet protest? Border cities stall fence progress
Decrying environmental impact, some blocking access to land for barriers
Mayors in Brownsville, Del Rio and El Paso have denied access to some parts of their city property, turning away federal employees assigned to begin surveys or conduct other preliminary work on the fence meant to keep out illegal immigrants.
–This is exercising our rights. This is our property. We are not going to make it easy for them,” said Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, who refused last month to sign documents granting government workers permission to enter city property.
State and local officials have said the fence will destroy ecosystems by cutting off the Rio Grande, the only source of fresh water in the region. They also say it will hurt the cross-border economy and send the wrong message to neighbors in Mexico. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
“Send the wrong message” to the neighbors? Next we’re going to be hearing about how “fences make good neighbors.”
Isn’t the message “Don’t illegally cross the border here?”
In the 1994 movie ‘Speechless’, which I remember being rather lame, a border barrier is named the “Friendship Ditch” by political speech writers in an attempt to not send the wrong message.
Coming soon: the “Friendly Neighborhood Eco-Fence.”