Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Richardson Speaks Out Against Border Wall Again

After meeting with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C. today, Governor Richardson reiterated his opposition to building a fence on the U.S./Mexico border.

"The fence is very unpopular on the border in Texas and New Mexico, in Chihuahua," Richardson, a Democrat, said after meeting Wednesday with leaders from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. "So one of the most significant and constructive acts the U.S. Congress should take is to get rid of it."

Richardson said he will call on Congress not to build the fence during an address Thursday. He also will press lawmakers to approve a bill that secures the border and provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

How is it that Ronald Reagan could implore Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" in the 1980's, yet the same Republicans who hold Reagan up as a God-like figure can propose building a wall on our own border?

Bill Richardson has been absolutely right on immigration since dayplan to provide a path to citizenship for those immigrants who are living and working in our country.

While Republicans would rip families apart and try to militarize the border, Governor Richardson provides viable options for Mexican families who moved here hoping for a job and a better life (something we all dream of), for businesses and farms that rely on the immigrant labor force and his plan secures our borders from dangerous criminals such as drug dealers, terrorists and human traffickers. It's the only sensible plan.


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