Sacramento Bee: Border Fences Are a Waste of Government Money


Sacramento Bee
February 26, 2010

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Seeking an example of government waste? Look no further than 2006 legislation to build a fence along the 2,000-mile U.S.- Mexico border.

A “virtual fence” of cameras and sensors predictably has been a massive failure. As the Los Angeles Times noted in a story this week, the virtual fence “will probably not be completed for another seven years ‚Äď if it is finished at all.” Why? It doesn’t work.

The cost of this chimera is outrageous. In 2006, the total was expected to be $2.5 billion. By 2007, however, it had gone up to $8 billion, with the inspector general estimating the cost could be $30 billion. That’s $15 million a mile.

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