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 – 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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