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South of the border, where electrical wire and telephone lines are routinely stolen for their copper content, a new source of metallic wealth has been tapped: the U.S.-made border fence. This week, more than one group of Mexicans was arrested after disassembling part of the border fence with (presumably) the intention of selling it for scrap.

On Monday, according to Tijuana’s El Mexicano newspaper, two people were arrested. On Tuesday, four men were caught cutting up the border fence with a welding torch in the Zona Norte, near Calle Cinco de Mayo.

In the Tuesday incident, when Mexican police arrived, three pieces of the fence had been removed, each about three meters long and 15 centimeters wide. When they tried to escape, police ran them down and found other pieces of the fence that had been cut and carted off earlier in the day.

Due to this week’s attempted thefts, 27 panels of fence were removed. The more modern impregnable fence remains undamaged.

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PistolPete Aug. 29, 2009 @ 12:40 a.m.

So....let me get this straight...We can keep thousands of our own citizens behind a fence using the latest in surveillance technology but can't keep thousands of another country's citizens out of our country? Something is seriously f**ked up here.


David Dodd Aug. 29, 2009 @ 2:48 p.m.

"As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner: "This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality." Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.

And I would like, before I close, to say one word. I have read, and I have been questioned since I've been here about certain demonstrations against my coming. And I would like to say just one thing, and to those who demonstrate so. I wonder if they have ever asked themselves that if they should have the kind of government they apparently seek, no one would ever be able to do what they're doing again.

Thank you and God bless you all."

Ronald Reagan - June 12, 1987


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