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Federal Government Proposes Expedited Border Fence Plan

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Aired 4/19/09

Tom Fudge: In San Diego County, the federal government has been at work for many years building a triple fence along our border with Mexico. That's resulted in several conflicts between the Feds and the people of California, who have sought to protect the environment along the border.

It turns out those kinds of conflict aren't limited to our state. This we have learned since Congress voted to approve construction of a fence all along the U.S.-Mexican border. On Tuesday, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff , made a dramatic announcement about this. He said construction of the border fence would move ahead come hell, high water, environmental laws, and property rights.

Chertoff exercised the power to waive all laws that stand in the way of the fence. That's been a very controversial move in many states.

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