Funding Arizona's border fence - prisoner labor and public donations

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The State of Arizona is ready to launch a fundraising website this week, to help it construct an 82 mile border fence between it and Mexico.

Legislation was passed earlier this year to authorize the project without money in the budget to pay for it. Sounds like the same old story of deficit spending engaged in by legislators everywhere.

Not in this case however, as the legislation proposed to cover the costs by using prisoner labor and raising money as if the project were a candidate's campaign.

The state has been very successful in raising money via the Internet to cover legal costs for defending the attack on the immigration legislation that set off a firestorm of protest around the county. Millions have been raised in one year from a dedicated site. The same will be done to solicit funds for the border fence project.

The Arizona Republic reported earlier this month that the fundraising project kickoff will be in the form of an event in the district of the bill's sponsor. "It's because the federal government won't do it and because the state doesn't have the money to do it," said state Sen. Steve Smith, a Maricopa Republican lawmaker.

The Republican controlled legislature passed the bill easily and Governor Jan Brewer signed it, despite the doubts of state Democrats who question the feasibility of constructing a fence that would fulfill the purpose of stemming the tide of illegal immigration from Mexico.

There was no specificity in the legislation about how to raise the money or even what material to use for the fence. The cost per mile is the subject of debate, with the fence's proponents estimating a cost of $50 million to cover the entire 82 miles, while government sources estimate it at $1-3 million per mile. reported on the opinion of an Arizona county sheriff who is a staunch opponent of the the immigration legislation.

“I think it’s well intentioned, but you can build all the fence you want to build and unless it’s the right kind of fence and unless you have the manpower to watch it, it’s of very little or no value,” said Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County.

“The federal government has built a lot of fence and most of it has been inadequate in terms of actually stopping people from crossing.”

The fundraising website's launch is scheduled for Wednesday July 20 and State Sen. Smith is not ready to give more than a few hints about how they will position their pitch for money. He told the Republic, it "...will feature a picture of the border and a 'relatively concise' description of the perceived situation - drugs, illegals, terrorists, so on and so on."

Senator Smith also fears interference from the federal government in the form of the Department of Homeland Security, who has its own fence construction project tied up in litigation. If that weren't enough, environmental groups pose a concern as well.

That won't stop the website from being launched and the fundraising drive to begin.

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Stop the Discretionary Spending on ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS Notably the gargantuan problem with illegal immigration, both illegal and illegal is CHAIN MIGRATION. It stems from the initial legitimized individual who attains citizenship can then sponsor family members. Family consists of Wife or Husband, Child under 21and unmarried all all have immediate admittance into the US. A US Citizen can also sponsor a son or daughter who is 21 years old or over, a married son or daughter of any age, and a brother or sister, who falls into the DERIVATIVE category. The derivative classification has a waiting period of many years as it takes to process. The sponsors will need to demonstrate adequate income or assets to support the intending immigrant, and accept legal responsibility for financially supporting their family member, by completing and signing a document called an Affidavit of Support. 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The bill would eliminate the extended family visa categories (e.g., married sons and daughters of citizens, etc.), thus ending “chain migration” as optional by the bi-partisan Barbara Jordan Commission in 1997. Today, passage of the Dream Act is cause for worry or any kind of mass Immigration Reform, would jeopardize the minimum of entrances to the US, through CHAIN MIGRATION. One point to this quandary is America has a major deficit problem, that has risen to new heights of $14.5 Trillion dollars under President obama's signature hand. Simply put, we cannot afford to be the breadwinner for the rest of the world anymore. If we haven't the cash anymore to pay the Chinese Investors and others, how can we afford an Amnesty estimated to cost $2.6 Trillion dollars? Never mind the original giant Amnesty of the 1986 Immigration Control and reform Act, cost only 76 Billion dollars. This is just a projection of the Census Bureau’s 11 million illegal aliens who have homesteaded here. 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Each child receives entitlements of what US citizens get, even though the parents are illegal. EACH YEAR 300.000 PLUS BABIES ARE SMUGGLED INTO AMERICA IN THE MOTHERS WOMB, TO GAIN THE SPECIAL PRIVILEGE OF A MISINTERPRETED LAW; THE 14TH AMENDMENT. Once here and the parents are allowed to stay, the--ECONOMIC--family can then collect from taxpayers. So what does these entitlements consist of to the taxpayer? For a start cash payments of around $600.00 according to the State, that can double, triple for ever baby born. Food stamps, Medicaid Wicca (WIC) is a nutrition program for women, infants and children), (TANF) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Low Income housing. The most disturbing effect of this particular issue, that other family member can join those already here and hid away in their government backed homes. As thousands of people join the TEA PARTY, it is obvious that they have the right avenue towards building a better tomorrow. Their ticket to the 2012 elections is less government, less taxes (A fair taxing system, without loopholes for everybody) and reducing Illegal Immigration to a real trickle. When states like Arizona cannot rely on the US government, to construct the—REAL FENCE—at the border, then it has been forced by huge entitlement programs for foreign nationals crossing our sovereign perimeter to build another 78 miles of the fence through public and commercial donations. States are waking up as the look at their dwindling amounts of money in their treasuries? California, the first Sanctuary State that’s Liberal Congress, gives away freely benefits to millions of illegal alien homes. That’s why they are trying to climb out of a giant financial hole of $26 Billion dollars. ALABAMA, GEORGIA, ARIZONA are doing the right thing for their legal population, by enacting policing laws. Many states looking on are now supporting these restriction issues, because both political parties have ignored the laws to aid taxpayers. These new laws are--WORKING-- because thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands are deserting these--zero tolerant--States and rushing of to California, Nevada and other refuge States. Insist you’re Representative in Washington, that they rescind any Immigration reform bills, Sanctuary Cities and state, the Dream Act and anything that has the rotten stench of AMNESTY. Liberals and open border brain-dead individuals, always refer to every foreign aliens, as “Immigrants’” tying everybody together in one population. No matter your country of origin, whether Hispanic, European, Asian or the Pacific Rim, if you come here legally, there should be no fear of the E-Verify and Secure Communities. TO REPEAT ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS. THEY ARE ILLEGAL AND ENTERED A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY WITHOUT PERMISSION. LEGAL HIGHLY SKILLED WORKERS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO PRIVILEGED VISAS, BUT WE MUST REMOVE THROUGH WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE TO DEPORT ILLEGAL NATIONALS. This is a very distasteful situation but birthright citizens and legal non-citizen individuals have a right to be employed over foreign nationals. This is a patriotic chance to help your fellow jobless countryman by Calling House Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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