With 601 miles of the Mexican/U.S. border fence complete as of last week, the project is almost done. According to the AP, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling says 69 miles of the fence still must be built to meet the goal set during the Bush administration.
Although President Obama previously said he wanted to evaluate border security operations before deciding whether or not to continue building the fence along the 2,000-mile border, Easterling says the White House hasn’t instructed Homeland Security to halt production.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano doesn’t think a fence alone will curb illegal immigration in the area. She says the plan is to increase the amount of border patrol agents and to add high-tech surveillance equipment as well. Other officials insist the fence is working and less people are trying to illegally cross from Mexico into the United States.
Congress has set aside $2.7 billion for the fence since 2006, but there is no final number for how much it will cost to finish building and maintain.
What’s your position on the border fence? Do you think President Obama should halt production of the fence and conduct an evaluation of border security operations?