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September 24, 2006

Border Fence Must Skirt Objections From Arizona Tribe

There is an article in the New York Times by Randal C. Archibold, published: September 20, 2006 about the large gap in the proposed 700 mile fence with Mexico;

"Tohono O’odham Nation, Ariz., Sept. 14 — The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation to build a double-layered 700-mile-long fence on the Mexican border, a proposal already approved by the House.

If the fence is built, however, it could have a long gap — about 75 miles — at one of the border’s most vulnerable points because of opposition from the Indian tribe here.

More illegal immigrants are caught — and die trying to cross into the United States — in and around the Tohono O’odham Indian territory, which straddles the Arizona border, than any other spot in the state.
Tribal leaders have cooperated with Border Patrol enforcement, but they promised to fight the building of a fence out of environmental and cultural concerns.

For the Tohono O’odham, which means “desert people,” the reason is fairly simple. For generations, their people and the wildlife they revere have freely crossed the border. For years, an existing four-foot-high cattle fence has had several openings — essentially cattle gates — that tribal members use to visit relatives and friends, take children to school and perform rites on the other side".

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/20/washington/20fence.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&th&emc=th

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 24, 2006 06:49 AM

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