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The border is an imaginary line, Governor Hull?
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 8:04 PM
To: Jane Hull
Subject: Imaginary line?
In the past I have heard you make some pretty ridiculous, inane statements but nothing to compare with your utterly naive concept of our southern border, when you refer to it as an 'imaginary line'. It is not an imaginary line.
It is a legal, well established, clearly delineated boundary between two very different countries.
It is a very real line, one that thousands of patriotic Americans have died defending, one that deserves a strong sense of honor and pride. On one side is the sovereign nation of the United States of America, the greatest nation in the world, whose sovereignty I cherish with great pride.
On the other side is Mexico. If you find my pride in the sovereignty of this country to be archaic, then I find you unfit to continue to pretend to lead.
For you to say that the border between America and Mexico is an imaginary line is pure stupidity.
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the border between Arizona and Mexico. I share your concern about the problems associated with illegal immigration, as well as the prevalence of an unlawful drug trade associated lax border control.
I have the utmost respect for the loyal men and women who patrol and protect the border, but, in my opinion, unwavering delineation of the border is unnecessary and antagonistic to a country which is striving to overcome many of the obstacles which challenge a developing nation like Mexico. Mexico is currently Arizona's primary trading partner. Our strong economy depends on exports to Mexico. I applaud efforts underway in Congress to increase resources for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and United States Customs. I encourage the reinforcement of existing border control agencies by improving technology and employing additional agents. I believe that this is a better resolution to the challenges Arizona faces at the border, rather than strict border demarcation.
Again, thank you for contacting my office.
Jane Dee Hull