More than 600 miles of border walls and barriers have been constructed in all four southern border states, with dozens of miles still being constructed or planned. This reckless project has meant dire consequences for vast expanses of pristine wild lands, including wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, and national forests.
"Gov. Perry opened the first Texas Homeland Security Strategy Plan (January 2004) noting that “Texas has used the national strategy as a model for developing a statewide plan,” explaining that President Bush . . . had called on states and local governments to “implement compatible security strategies.”
"The 2004 homeland security strategy of Texas had a clear focus on working with the federal government to prevent foreign terrorism and to respond to homeland disasters.
"There is no mention of immigrants or criminal aliens, no talk of the threat of narcoterrorism, drug cartels, or transnational gangs, and no discussion of border crime, spillover violence, or narcotics flows.
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"Starting in 2005 homeland security and border security for the state of Texas were no longer issues considered mostly in the implementation of Department of Homeland Security grants.
Newly identified homeland security threats as illegal immigrants, illegal drugs, and border crime became central to political campaign strategies.
"Led by the governor’s office, these issues also drove an array of multimillion dollar intelligence, data-sharing, and border security projects, mostly outsourced to private firms such as Northrop Grumman, APPRISS, and Abrams Learning and Information Systems. "
This is truly sick. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio just sent this shocking message to his followers:
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"STOP ILLEGALS FROM STEALING THE ELECTION! Our grassroots army of VOTER FRAUD PREVENTION VOLUNTEERS will stand vigilant across the nation. We will be the first and strongest line of defense to ensure that only legal citizens vote on November 2nd."
Bogus accusations of "illegal voters" crop up every election, and every election they are proven false. What's truly frightening is that, this year, Arpaio is recruiting an "army" to block people from voting in the name of "fraud prevention."
Send a message to the Justice Department demanding that they send election monitors to Arizona immediately. These are the people who are supposed to protecting our right to vote, not suppressing it.
When you take action, you'll also get to download a new voter protection card with a nationwide hotline to report problems on election day. We hope you'll bring it with you to the polls and do your part to protect one of our most cherished rights - unfortunately, we're hearing reports of Arpaio-like tactics in other parts of the country too.
How will Arpaio's "army" and others like them single out who to intimidate? Hair? Shoes? Accents? We know all about their twisted standards of what a U.S. citizen does and doesn't look like. And we know this is un-American.
Demand that the Justice Department "Protect Our Vote" and get your tool to combat voter suppression at your polling place:
Enforcement Advocates Worry Bill Will Hamper Border Security
A bill to designate part of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as wilderness has sparked a surprising amount of controversy, as immigration enforcement advocates have expressed concern that it could hamper border security and send a flood of illegal immigrants into New Mexico.