8 House Dems, including Reyes, ask for border fence halt
Posted: Feb 11, 2009 02:06 PM MST
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Eight Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including El Paso Congressman Silvestre Reyes, are asking for a halt to new border fence construction.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, the eight asked for a suspension of fence construction until an evaluation of border security operations being conducted by the new administration is finished.
The letter was signed by Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, five Texas lawmakers and two from California.
Tuesday's letter says there are places where fencing is feasible. But the members wrote that the previous administration's policy of using fencing along much of the border was ill-conceived because local communities and local Border Patrol chiefs didn't have "meaningful input."
The Texas members include Solomon Ortiz, Reyes, Ruben Hinojosa, Ciro D. Rodriguez, and Henry Cuellar. The Californians are Bob Filner and Susan Davis.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com