Chertoff to Valley: Half a Heart Better than a Whole One

By Joey Gomez
Rio Grande Guardian

BROWNSVILLE, July 19 – The four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams participating in the group’s Borderlands Witness Drive say they have collected moving testimony on the impact of the nation’s failed immigration policy.

In Arizona, where the group started its drive, many of stories were about immigrants dying in the desert. In Texas, CPT has found widespread fear that a border wall will tear families on either side of the Rio Grande apart.

“It’s like cutting the heart to divide them,” said CPT member Haven Whiteside, of Tampa Bay, Florida. . . .


By JAMES PINKERTON
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Construction of a polarizing fence along the Texas-Mexico border is expected to begin by this fall, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff confirmed Wednesday, adding that border communities will be consulted “in terms of style” so the government doesn’t “create any eyesores.”

“I expect we’ll be doing some construction in Texas this fiscal year,” Chertoff said, referring to the government’s fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

The construction timeline appears to be the first acknowledgment by Homeland Security of a start time for the fence’s construction in Texas. Federal officials, however, have still not disclosed the fence’s location. . . .

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