As I see it
Glenn Spencer -- August 26, 2007

The L.A. Times reports

"-- Nearly a year after Congress passed legislation calling for the construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 15 miles have been built, according to the Department of Homeland Security."


The legislation that Congress passed is the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Let us look at what it says -

SEC. 2. ACHIEVING OPERATIONAL CONTROL ON THE BORDER.

(a) In General- Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following--

[....]

(A) REINFORCED FENCING- In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide for least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors--

(emphasis added)

(specifies where the fencing should be)

The Secure Fence Act clearly specifies "[at] least 2 layers of reinforced fencing." So when we talk about fencing in the context of the law, we are talking about 2 layered fencing, not a single-layered pedestrian barrier, or a vehicle barrier made up of old railroad rails.

American Border Patrol began making a photographic record of the border in August, 2006. The area covered runs from El Paso, Texas, to San Diego, California. It reports that from just west of El Paso to the Pacific Ocean at San Diego there is a total of 16.5 miles of double layered fencing. (Due to a thunderstorm, ABP was unable to fly along the border at El Paso on it last survey on August 8.) Of this total, ABP reports that only two miles have been added since September, 2006.

According to the Times,

- Nearly a year after Congress passed legislation calling for the construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 15 miles have been built, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Times does not report where the fifteen miles have been built, or what type of fencing was built, but unless it is in Texas it was not 15 miles of 2-layered fencing.

The Times also reports that DHS had committed to building 70 miles of fencing before September 30, or about a month from now. On June 26, Secretary Chertoff said that the DHS would complete 150 miles of fencing before September 30. This was three days before the final the Senate vote killing the amnesty bill.

Now we learn that tomorrow DHS will begin construction of only 7 miles of a single-layered pedestrian barrier near Sasabe, Arizona, and this probably won't be finished before the end of September. One hundred fifty miles down to 70 miles and finally seven miles of a single-layered pedestrian fence. This is not real progress.

It is time that the government tells us the truth about the border and it is time that the press and the media do its job to get the truth about the border fence project to the American People.