Thursday, October 26, 2006

President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act of 2006 -- MEDIA ALERT Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- TONIGHT

MEDIA ALERT Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- TONIGHT

Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring and We Need a, will appear on Hannity & Colmes TONIGHT (Thursday, October 26, 2006) on the FOXNews Channel.

He will discuss President Bush’s signing of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, and We Need a's campaign to garner support for a border fence along the U.S.- Mexican Border.

Colin will be debating Juan Hernandez, a member of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, who headed the Office for Mexicans Abroad.

The Show airs at 9 p.m. (ET).

Please visit more information on this issue.

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President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act of 2006 -- MEDIA ALERT Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- TONIGHT

MEDIA ALERT Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- TONIGHT

Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring and We Need a, will appear on Hannity & Colmes TONIGHT (Thursday, October 26, 2006) on the FOXNews Channel.

He will discuss President Bush’s signing of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, and We Need a's campaign to garner support for a border fence along the U.S.- Mexican Border.

Colin will be debating Juan Hernandez, a member of Mexican President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, who headed the Office for Mexicans Abroad.

The Show airs at 9 p.m. (ET).

Please visit for more information on this issue.

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Minutemen Break Ground on Border Fence in Arizona

Border Fence groundbreaking set for Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Volunteers to BREAK GROUND in AZ!!!

Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) will be conducting a weekend border operation in Palominas, AZ that includes a border watch, Minuteman Border Fence Ground Breaking and repair of existing fence on the US Mexico border.

MCDC is moving forward with plans to build the Minuteman Border Fence. President Bush’s response will not secure the border and the ground breaking will be done on 5/27/2006 Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the AZ Chapter Memorial weekend border watch operation. We have been working hard to put plans in place for this historic undertaking. Please read the following we have tried to include everything possible for questions about who, what, where and when below.

Many have talked of building a secure fence between Mexico and the United States. Now Chris Simcox and MCDC is taking action again and doing the job the Federal Government will not do.

We are overwhelmed with calls asking:

What can I do to help right NOW?

Donate to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

VOLUNTEER to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

Due to security concerns and respect for the private ranch property made available to MCDC, only registered Minuteman MCDC Volunteers will be able to participate in the weekend ground breaking operation as well as the AZ weekend border watch.

Go to to volunteer and see the latest posts.


Ground Breaking:
Minuteman Volunteers will conduct a Minuteman Border Fence Ground Breaking Ceremony as well as build the fence to local ranch requirements

Minuteman Border Fence Schedule:
Friday Evening 5/26 – Movie under the Stars in Tombstone, AZCries from the Border. A powerful film documenting the destruction of one community in Arizona by the assault of the illegal alien invasion of the USA.Director Mercedes Maharris will attend.
Open to the general public

Directions to Tombstone, AZ From Tucson I-10 E via the ramp on the LEFT toward EL PASO. 38.3 miles , I-10-BL / AZ-80 exit- EXIT 303- toward BENSON / DOUGLAS. 0.5 miles, Stay STRAIGHT to go onto I-10 BL E / AZ-80 E / W 4TH ST. Continue to follow AZ-80 E. 25.4 miles, Turn RIGHT onto 3RD ST. 0.1 miles Turn LEFT onto TOUGHNUT ST. <0.1 miles, End at Tombstone

Saturday 5/27 –Registered Minuteman Volunteers Only.

7 AM – 9 AM – All registered participants check in at the Palominas Trading Post and will be escorted to the ranch after check in.

10 AM – Noon - Groundbreaking Ceremony – includes MCDC volunteers and guests installing new fence and base poles for a 150’ security fence model
Master of Ceremonies - Stacey O’Connell (MCDC)
MCDC Speakers –Chris Simcox PresidentCarmen Mercer, Vice President Al Garza, Executive Director
Additional Guest Speakers -Colin Hanna – President,
Don Goldwater - A Minuteman and Candidate for AZ Governor
Steve King – US Congressman, Iowa 5th District
Ambassador Alan Keyes – Chairman Declaration Alliance
12 Noon - Lunch provided at the border1-3 PM – Continue to install new fence

Some numbers:
Over 1126 people have signed up to volunteer to build the Minuteman Border Fence.More than $380,000 has been donated to a dedicated Minuteman Border Fence fund. National talk radio shows and local talk radio shows are promoting the fence. We are planning to raise $10M for the next phase of the fence.

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps welcomes all those who want to secure America as it leads the way with a bold initiative. One operation alone cannot secure the Border.
What can I do to help right NOW?

Donate to Build the Minuteman Border Fence
VOLUNTEER to Build the Minuteman Border Fence

MCDC will continue to man our posts and watch and report as the Minuteman Border Fence is built. Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has shown that illegal aliens can be stopped with dedicated volunteers sitting in lawn chairs for 30 days. Building a Minuteman Border Fence will help protect all of the American people 365 days every year.

“Should President Bush and Congress fail to fulfill their oaths of office, and meet their Constitutional obligation to protect these United States from invasion, we, the sovereign people of the United States, having suffered a long train of abuses at the hand of a willfully insolent government, do hereby declare that these States ought, should and will be protected by American Minutemen.” – Chris Simcox

Sincerely for America,
Chris Simcox, President
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

If you cannot attend and want to donate or volunteer for the ongoing effort to build the Minuteman Border Fence go to the following link:
Call 520.829.3112 to volunteer.

Or Mail Checks to:
Minuteman Border Fence Dept Code 100 PO Box 131808Houston, TX 77219


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Senate OKs Border Fence, Backs Citizenship

May 17 3:40 PM US/Eastern

The Senate endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants Wednesday but also voted to build 370 miles of triple- layered fencing along the Mexican border in increasingly emotional debate over election-year immigration legislation.

Taken together, the votes gave fresh momentum to legislation that closely follows President Bush's call for a major overhaul of the nation's troubled immigration system.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Urgent: The best news on the immigration debate this week

Dear friend of

The best news on the immigration debate this week did not come from the President in his speech to the nation on Monday (although he did include his strongest support to date for a fence in his remarks). The best news is that Senator Sessions (R-AL) will introduce an amendment to the Senate Immigration Bill that will call for over 700 miles of triple fencing and vehicle barriers -- and that Senate Majority Leader Frist will support the Sessions amendment!

Here are the basic details, taken from an email from Senator Frist:

"One such amendment that will be introduced by Senator Jeff Sessions would meet the demand for real fencing, constructing an additional 370 miles of triple-layered fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the areas of our border with Mexico that are most often used by smugglers and illegal aliens. This fencing is to be constructed immediately and will be completed within two years of the passage of this border security legislation. This fencing mileage, combined with provisions in the bill on the Senate floor that authorize other technologies asked for by the border patrol to keep our borders fully surveyed so they can intercept those who cross the border as quickly as possible, will go far to enhancing our border security and keeping America safer. I strongly support this amendment."

Please call your senator immediately at both Washington and District offices to urge support for this amendment!!!

Please let me know what reaction you get, if any.

Many thanks,


Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc. (sponsor of

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

An Open Border -- A Poem by Scott Rohter

An Open Border
Scott Rohter

Take some bricks and build a wall
Make it solid, strong and tall.
Let it stretch from gulf to sea
That safer at home we all may be.
Build it wide from rim to rim
So terrorists and smugglers can’t sneak in;
And make it deep, secure from holes
Through which flow the drugs that wreck our souls.
Stop the drug trade in its tracks.
Keep us safe from terrorist attacks.
And let it stand the test of time
I pray, keep safe this land of mine.

Consider this, that it’s your job
To keep those out who would rape and rob;
From this great cause you cannot run
While so many of us have lost daughter and son.
You ask our children to serve and fight;
They trust their leaders to do what’s right.
And what’s right is this — it’s easy to see;
It’s plain and simple, as one, two, three —
If you’ll keep us safe in the war on terror
An open border is a fatal error.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Radio Campaign Celebrating LEGAL Immigrants!

Listen to "American Voices," -- Let Freedom Ring's Pro-legal immigrant radio campaign.

Hear real-life stories from legal immigrants.

Visit Let Freedom Ring to listen and learn more.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Commentary: Border Fence Would Clear Way to Aid Illegal Immigrants Now

President Bush blames Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), and Reid blames Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., Tenn.), for the collapse of the hastily arranged immigration compromise bill. Hopefully, the two-week Senate recess provided a cooling-off period.

Months of posturing and pandering have not produced what America needs: a workable solution to the illegal-immigration crisis that is both just and fair. The two opposing sides - those who would prefer a bill consisting primarily of border-security measures and those who would prefer something that resembles amnesty - must now put the best interests of the nation above their self- interests as sparring politicians. Between the extremes of "border security only" and "amnesty only" lies the sensible middle ground: border security first, and broader immigration-law changes second.

The recent controversy over port security is a perfect harbinger of the firestorm that will rage if border security is not made the first priority in the immigration debate. When the American public fully understands the national-security threat posed by illegal immigrants coming into this country from Mexico - whose countries of origin include Iran, Syria, Libya, Chad, Afghanistan and Sudan - they will want to know why something wasn't done.

They will also rightly ask, "Why are people from terror-harboring and terror-sponsoring countries traveling to Mexico to cross our southern border illegally? Isn't it likely that at least some of them pose a threat to our national security?" It would take an imagination completely disconnected from post-9/11 reality to assume that illegal immigrants from "special interest" countries have traveled halfway around the world to enter the United States illegally so that they can pick strawberries.

How serious is the threat to national security from illegal immigration? In the last fiscal year, 649 people from "special interest" countries were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. How many more eluded capture? Most experts agree that no more than one in three or one in four is apprehended. This suggests that about 2,000 "special interest" illegal immigrants may have gained entry into the United States in the last year alone. If the next terrorist attack on our nation is carried out by one or more people who came across our Southern border, the public outcry for immediate construction of a state-of-the-art border fence will be deafening - even if it is too late.

The time to build such a fence is now.

A high-tech border fence is the most essential, and most effective, component of any serious border-security proposal. Only a fence, backed up by an adequate force of Border Patrol agents, can address all of the dimensions of illegal immigration: economic migration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime and terrorism.

The project proposes a border-security system based upon the highly effective barriers in Israel, a design that is not easily compromised by climbing over, tunneling under, cutting or ramming. No one element of border security conveys seriousness of purpose as emphatically as a fence, but its greatest value may lie in its ability to break the stalemate in the legislative process.

The Senate appears to be committed to enacting some form of guest-worker program, while it proposes only token border-security measures. The House appears insistent on a proposal that prioritizes border security. The result is a stalemate. If it is not resolved, the American public will blame the Senate, the House and the President for failing to take action on one of our most pressing national challenges. They will not assign blame to one party, or one house of Congress, or one branch of government.

However, if an immigration bill calls for a fence to be constructed first, recent polling indicates that the public will more readily accept a temporary-worker program or some other form of legalization for the 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants already here. If the public believes the tide of uncontrolled illegal immigration has finally been stemmed, it will be more inclined to be compassionate to those who now lack documentation and legal status.

Border security first, with other aspects of immigration liberalization implemented after a fence is constructed, is the best way to break the legislative stalemate and produce a bill that the President will sign. This is a solution that can truly unite our nation and create the working consensus that is necessary to get the job done.

John M. Templeton Jr. ( is chairman of Let Freedom Ring Inc., which created the project.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Senate Vote Shelves Immigration Bill

A carefully crafted compromise that supporters had claimed could win an overwhelming majority received only 38 of the 60 votes necessary to protect it from weakening amendments by opponents.

Republicans were united in the 38-60 parliamentary vote but Democrats, who have insisted on no amendments, lost six votes from their members.

Earlier Friday, President Bush prodded lawmakers to keeping trying to reach an agreement, but both sides said the odds were increasing that a breakthrough would not occur until Congress returns from a two-week recess. Read the full article here.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

MSNBC Transcript & Video Clip of Colin Hanna Interview

MSNBC has graciously provided the transcript and video clip of Colin Hanna's March 30th appearance on "The Situation" with Tucker Carlson, so we thought you might be interested in checking them out here.

Colin discusses the latest developments on the immigration issue and the border fence.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Rising Violence Along Mexican Border

February 11, 2006

U.S. Cites Rise in Violence Along Border With Mexico


WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 — Mexican criminal syndicates are stepping up their attacks on American agents patrolling the border as officials of the Homeland Security Department intensify efforts to stem the flow of immigrants and drugs into the United States, American officials said this week.

In recent months, scores of Border Patrol agents have been fired upon or pelted with large stones as well as with cloth-covered stones that have been doused with flammable liquid and set ablaze. Since October, agents have been attacked in more than 190 cases, officials said on Thursday.

Most of the attacks have occurred along the Mexican border near San Diego, but shootings have also been reported along the border in Texas near the cities of Laredo and McAllen. In the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, there were 778 attacks on agents, up from 374 in the previous fiscal year, Homeland Security Department officials said.

One stone struck an agent in the eye; a gunshot hit an agent in the leg. The officials could not say precisely how many officers had been injured in the attacks, which have originated from both sides of the border.

"This is what we're facing," said David V. Aguilar, the Border Patrol chief, who played a videotape at a news conference on Thursday that featured a patrol car riddled with bullets and agents scrambling for cover as stones rained down on them. "This is a very serious type of situation."

The homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, who led the news conference, said officials planned to continue their efforts at securing the United States-Mexico border.

This week President Bush asked Congress to increase the Homeland Security Department's budget by nearly 6 percent. The Border Patrol would receive an extra $459 million to hire 1,500 new agents, bringing the total force to about 14,000. An additional $410 million would be allocated to add 6,700 beds for detainees so fewer illegal immigrants would have to be released before being deported. Another $100 million would be spent on cameras, sensors and other detection technology.

Mr. Chertoff said the department planned to focus on illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, who have typically been released after apprehension because of shortages of beds. Last fall, he expanded the use of summary deportations, a process known as expedited removal, in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico are detained and then deported without seeing an immigration judge.

But officials have struggled to find space for family groups and remain unable to process illegal immigrants from El Salvador because of a court ruling from the 1980's, when civil war wracked that country, that requires officials to allow Salvadorans to see judges before deportation.
Nationwide, 18,207 illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, nearly 60 percent of the total apprehended, were released on their own recognizance in the first three months of this fiscal year.

Officials of the Homeland Security Department said they were making headway in detaining and deporting these illegal immigrants. They are also working on finding more space for families and battling to change the rule regarding Salvadorans.

As for the violence on the border, the officials said Mexico had deployed 300 federal officers along its side of the border to help out. But many of the Mexican gangs remain entrenched.
Last week, immigration officials announced that they had seized a cache of weapons, including materials for 33 explosive devices, assault weapons and machine gun assembly kits, in Laredo. Officials believe the weapons were intended for criminals in Mexico.

"These are very sophisticated, hardened criminals who will use violence to protect their criminal businesses," Mr. Chertoff said. "We've got to be prepared to deal very decisively with any violence directed at our Border Patrol agents."

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mexican migrants to get US maps

Mexican migrants to get US maps A Mexican government agency is to issue some 70,000 maps marking main roads and water tanks for people wanting to cross illegally into the US.

The National Human Rights Commission says the maps will be aimed at cutting the death toll among migrants.

US advocates of tougher border controls have criticised the move, saying it will encourage illegal immigration.

Relations between the US and Mexico have cooled recently over US plans to build a fence on parts of the border.

The map plan is backed by Humane Borders, a US-based organisation which operates about 70 emergency water stations near the 3,200-km (2,000-mile) border.

Not helpful
Launching the project in Mexico City, officials from Mexico's Human Rights Commission (HRC) flatly denied they were trying to encourage greater migration.

"The only thing we are trying to do is warn them of the risks they face and where to get water, so they don't die," said Mauricio Farah of the HRC.

But a spokesman for the US homeland security department said maps would not improve safety for those trying to cross the border.

"It is not helpful for anyone, no matter how well intended they might be, to produce road maps that lead aliens into the desolate and dangerous areas along the border, and potentially invite criminal activity, human exploitation and personal risk," said Russ Knocke.

Each year thousands of Mexicans breach the frontier and attempt to cross the parched Sonoran Desert.

Some 500 died last year while making the journey, the HRC said.

Last year the Mexican government issued comic-book style pamphlets warning of the dangers of illegal migration, while also giving advice on how to stay safe.

Story from BBC NEWS: 2006/01/25 08:47:21 GMT© BBC MMVI

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Friday, December 16, 2005

House Votes to Build 700 Miles of Fence Along Border


WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 - House Republicans voted on Thursday night to toughen a border security bill by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to build five fences along 698 miles of the United States border with Mexico to block the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into this country.

The amendment to the bill would require the construction of the fences along stretches of land in California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona that have been deemed among the most porous corridors of the border.

The vote on the amendment was a victory for conservatives who had long sought to build such a fences along the Mexican border. But the vote was sharply assailed by Democrats, who compared the fences to the Berlin Wall in Germany. Twelve Republicans also voted against the amendment.

Representative David Dreier, Republican of California, hailed the fences as a necessary tool to ensure border security. Construction of the barriers is to include two layers of reinforced fencing, cameras, lighting and sensors near Tecate and Calexico on the California border; Columbus, N.M.; and El Paso, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Laredo and Brownsville in Texas.
The border security bill, which cracks down on illegal immigration and now mandates the construction of the fences, is expected to pass the House on Friday.

"Border fences are a security tool with proven results," Mr. Dreier said. "This amendment allows us to target our federal resources where they are needed most: five specific border crossings with the highest number of immigrant deaths, instances of drug smuggling and illegal crossings.

The vote on the amendment came on a day when the tough border security bill survived an unexpected tactical challenge from several Republicans. The bill was criticized by some moderates because it does not grant millions of undocumented workers the right to work temporarily in the United States and by some conservatives who argued that the measure was not tough enough.

The unusual revolt highlighted the schism within the Republican Party over the volatile issue of immigration. Business leaders, traditional allies of the party, have lobbied fiercely against the bill, which contains strict employment verification requirements that many executives view as a burden.

Republican leaders stamped out the rebellion after an emergency meeting. But one Republican, Jim Kolbe of Arizona, said he and his allies would continue to try to stop the bill, which has been endorsed by the Republican leadership and some conservatives but attacked by business executives, church leaders and advocates for immigrants.

The bill would require mandatory detention of many immigrants, stiffen the penalties for employers who hire them and broaden the immigrant-smuggling statute to include employees of social service agencies and church groups who offer services to undocumented workers.
It would not create the temporary guest worker program that President Bush has urged to legalize the status of the 11 million illegal immigrants believed to be living in this country.
Seeking to sink the legislation, several Republicans took the tactical step on Thursday of voting against a rule that had to pass to allow the measure to go up for a vote. Some conservatives, who felt the bill was not tough enough, also voted against the rule.

"Unfortunately, the bill before us today does nothing to solve the real problems of immigration," Mr. Kolbe told lawmakers. "But we are going to go down this path, continue this charade, continue lying to the American people, continue pretending we are doing something to prevent illegal immigration."

In addition to Mr. Kolbe, six other Republicans voted against the rule: Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Jim Leach of Iowa, Heather A. Wilson of New Mexico, J.D. Hayworth of Arizona, and John Hostettler of Indiana.

Mr. Kolbe spoke as faxed letters from the United States Chamber of Commerce warned lawmakers that in its annual ratings of members of Congress, it would penalize any legislator who voted for the rule that would allow the measure to go to the floor for a vote.

By midafternoon, the party's leaders had beaten back the challenge, at least for the day. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Republican of Wisconsin, sharply criticized those expressing support for what many conservatives describe as an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

"This bill doesn't give amnesty to illegal aliens and it shouldn't because that would reward someone for breaking our laws," said Mr. Sensenbrenner, who had introduced the border security bill.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Washington Times Article Today

Group Seeks Security Fence


A Pennsylvania-based advocacy group seeking the construction of a security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has delivered nearly 20,000 petitions to members of Congress asking that a fence provision be included in a comprehensive immigration bill pending in the House.

Colin Hanna, president of, said that a "secure continuous physical barrier is absolutely essential" for any comprehensive immigration legislation to succeed.

"Now virtually every member of Congress will know how deeply their own constituents feel about the need to get serious about securing our borders," Mr. Hanna told The Washington Times yesterday.

"Only a high-tech border security fence can stop the flow of potential terrorists across the border, and secure our borders for good," he said.

The organization's proposal calls for the construction of separate fences on both sides of the border, each 12 to 15 feet high, which would be separated by a roadway to allow the passage of vehicles by the U.S. Border Patrol. Motion sensors would be buried in the road as part of the project, which would cost $4 billion to $8 billion.

The structure would be 40 to 50 yards wide, with coiled barbed wire stacked eight feet high on each perimeter, and would include a ditch to prevent vehicles from approaching.

"Our proposal calls for 200 ports of entry, so that legitimate trade, commerce, tourism and commuting can take place without hindrance," Mr. Hanna said. "The fence is not intended to stop immigration, only to stop illegal immigration."

Mr. Hanna said 20,000 petitions calling for legislative action on a state-of-the-art border security fence were delivered Monday, having been sorted by address and matched with their corresponding congressional districts. He said he hoped they would persuade some member of Congress to offer an amendment to the immigration bill for a secure border fence.

He also said the organization has met with more than 50 members of Congress or their staff, as well as administration officials, to promote the plan.

Mr. Hanna said illegal immigration is out of control, particularly across the southern border, adding that some studies -- including a January report by Bear Stearns -- estimate that as many as 20 million illegal aliens live in the U.S. Govs. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Janet Napolitano of Arizona have responded to the problem of illegal immigration by declaring states of emergency.

More than 1.15 million illegal aliens were apprehended last year by the Border Patrol, the vast majority of whom were caught trying to enter from Mexico.

Mr. Hanna said a secure border fence must be one element of any comprehensive effort to address the problem. He said similar fences in Israel have reduced terrorist attacks there by up to 95 percent. He also said that until the border is secured and the tide of illegal immigration is stemmed, proposals to adjust immigration quotas, whether up or down, are doomed to ineffectiveness.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Transcript: MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson, Nov. 21

Colin Hanna was interviewed on Monday, Nov. 21 on MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If we don‘t fix the illegal immigration problem at the border, the problem will grow in far more dangerous ways. Because illegal immigration from Mexico provides easy cover for terrorists. They try to exploit our weak immigration laws and blend in with thousands who cross the border day and night, leaving this county vulnerable to another attack. We need to secure the border. Go to to learn more.


CARLSON: That‘s one of two new ads sponsored by the group Let Freedom Ring, part of a project called The group says it‘s time for the U.S. to seal off its 2,000-mile border with Mexico using a state of the art fence. The idea is gaining momentum.

Here to talk about it, Colin Hanna. He‘s the president of Let Freedom Ring and joins us live tonight from Philadelphia.

Mr. Hanna, thanks for coming on.


CARLSON: What I find impressive about this is you are not sponsored -

this is not a lobby group, essentially. I mean, you don‘t have big business behind you.

HANNA: We don‘t have any business behind us.

CARLSON: That‘s right, exactly.

HANNA: Entirely personal contributions.

CARLSON: You don‘t have labor behind you. You don‘t have the Bush administration behind you. They are, of course, pooh-poohing this and saying it‘s far too expensive, $8 billion, and that‘s just for the first time if memory they‘re complaining about the expense of something.

But is $8 billion—give me some perspective. Is that what it costs?

HANNA: We estimate $8 billion based on an estimate of $2 million to $4 million a mile, which I think is realistic—might even be a little bit on the high side—times 2,000 miles. That gets you to $4 to $8 billion.

And to put that into perspective, if you look at it in national defense terms, it‘s roughly the cost of four B-2 bombers. So, I think it‘s a lot of money to be sure, but I think it‘s in scale with the importance of the issue.

CARLSON: Would it work?

HANNA: Well, I think that it would work. The fence that we are proposing is a little bit different than any fence that‘s proposed right now. You know, Congressman Duncan Hunter from the San Diego area of California has recently proposed a two-element fence with a patrol road between them.

We have proposed a six-element fence that is modeled after the Israeli fences on the West Bank and in Gaza that consist of a barbed wire element, a ditch, a tall and sturdy steel fence that is heavier duty than a chain link fence but not a solid fence, followed by a patrol road. And then the same elements in the other direction, fence, ditch and barbed wire, comprising about 50 yards in total width.

That means that it can‘t be easily compromised. You can‘t take a ladder down to the border and simply climb other it. You can‘t go to your local hardware store and bolt cutters or wire cutters and cut through it, and you can‘t easily tunnel under it.

And we also recommend that it be accompanied by detection devices that will detect motion, as well as any attempted intrusion through tunneling underneath and so on.

CARLSON: And you can do that for the price of four bombers?

HANNA: That‘s—that‘s our estimate. It‘s an order of magnitude estimate. We‘re actually having an engineering company right now do a tighter estimate that has been requested by one of the House of Representatives committees that I might have a chance to testify before. We think it‘s a pretty good estimate, but we‘re going to get tighter numbers soon.

CARLSON: So give me the—this is always an interesting exercise. Give me the argument against it in three sentences approximately. Why could someone be against this? How could somebody say, “I‘m against illegal immigration, but I‘m also against the fence”? What‘s the argument?

HANNA: Well, some think that it‘s symbolically unfriendly, but our proposal includes 200 border crossing points. And we stress that we are absolutely in favor of immigration. We‘re trying to stop illegal immigration, not legal immigration.

And we want to continue to stand as the beacon of opportunity for the world, the economy that most people want to come to. So, we try to put forth a very friendly and open and welcoming viewpoint. We sometimes say that we‘re trying to close the back door to illegal immigration while keeping the front door open to legal immigration.


HANNA: But the people who oppose it never listen all the way through, and their initial, instinctive and occasionally emotional reaction is that it seems unfriendly. But it doesn‘t need to.

CARLSON: I frankly don‘t understand the motivation behind opposition to this fence. I don‘t understand the argument, and I hope we can get someone on to explain it, because I‘m baffled by it.

Finally, do you think—is this going to happen? That you can get it through Congress?

HANNA: I think it has a very good chance of happening, Tucker. We‘ve made enormous progress since we began the initiative back in August. There are now three fence bills in Congress. Various portions of them will be probably be cobbled together into a comprehensive immigration reform bill that might even be one that comes out of the House Judiciary committee or the House Homeland Security Committee, possibly in the first week in December.

So I think that there‘s a good chance the Senate is going to take it up next year. And I think we‘ve got a great deal of public support. There‘s probably no issue on which the public and political leadership are further apart than on this issue. On this one, the public is leading.

CARLSON: Amen. I absolutely agree with that. Colin Hanna, I wish you every success. I really hope this works. Thanks so much.

HANNA: Thank you, Tucker.

CARLSON: Be sure to tune in Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern for a special in-depth look at illegal immigration in “CROSSING THE LINE: THE BATTLE AT AMERICA‘S BORDER.” It will be hosted by Lester Holt here on MSNBC. We‘ll look at why the system doesn‘t seem to be working. We‘ll also bring you the actual response from people on both sides of the issue. This Sunday at 9 p.m., right here on MSNBC.


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Monday, November 21, 2005

Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- Wed. Nov 23

MEDIA ALERT Colin Hanna to appear on “Hannity & Colmes” -- Wed. Nov 23

Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring, will appear on "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday, November 23 on the FOX News Channel. He will discuss We Need a's campaign to garner support for a border fence along the U.S.- Mexican Border. Interest in this issue is on the rise nationwide.

The Show airs at 9 p.m. (ET).

Please visit for more information on this issue.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

USA Today Article on We Need A

There is an article today in USA Today about the Border Fence Issue.

By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY

A once-radical idea to build a 2,000-mile steel-and-wire fence on the U.S.-Mexican border is gaining momentum amid warnings that terrorists can easily sneak into the country.

In Congress, a powerful Republican lawmaker this week proposed building such a fence across the entire border and two dozen other lawmakers signed on. And via the Internet, a group called has raised enough money to air TV ads warning that the border is open to terrorists. Even at the Homeland Security Department, which opposes building a border-long fence, Secretary Michael Chertoff this fall waived environmental laws so that construction can continue on a 14-mile section of fence near San Diego that has helped border agents stem the flow of illegal migrants and drug runners.

"You have to be able to enforce your borders," says California Rep. Duncan Hunter, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He's proposing a fence from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas. "It's no longer just an immigration issue. It's now a national security issue."

Colin Hanna of says "there is incredible momentum on this issue," fueled by the specter of another Sept. 11. His group aired TV ads in Washington, D.C., this fall and plans more next year.

Fencing the border, originally proposed in the debate over how to stop illegal immigration, is controversial. The Bush administration argues that a Berlin Wall-style barrier would be a huge waste of money — costing up to $8 billion.

Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar says it makes more sense to use a mix of additional agents, better surveillance and tougher enforcement of immigration laws — and fences.
But Hunter points to the experience in San Diego, where the number of illegal migrants arrested is one-sixth of what it was before the fence was built.

"People have made stupid editorial comments about the Great Wall of China," he says, "but the only thing that has worked is that fence."

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

MEDIA ALERT -- "We Need a Fence" **TONIGHT** on FOX News Channel

Colin A. Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring, will appear TONIGHT
(Saturday) November 5th, on "Heartland" with John Kasich on the FOX News Channel. The program airs from 8 pm to 9 pm (EST).

Be sure to tune in for the most recent developments and the growing support for construction of a state-of-the-art Border Security Fence along the U.S. - Mexican border.

See for more info.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

US security chief strives to expel all illegal immigrants

Forsees "Significant and Measurable Progress in less than a year"

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department aims without exception to expel all those who enter the United States illegally.

"Our goal at DHS (Homeland Security) is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions.

Today, a non-Mexican illegal immigrant caught trying to enter the United States across the southwest border has an 80 percent chance of being released immediately because we lack the holding facilities," he added.

"Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this 'catch and release' style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process."
Chertoff's remarks

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Friday, October 07, 2005

Colin Hanna's Op-Ed Published in Today's Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted on Fri, Oct. 07, 2005

Southern strategy: Fence at the border
by Colin A. Hanna

Colin A. Hanna is a former Chester County commissioner and founder of We Need a Fence

Four years after 9/11, America's borders remain largely open and insecure, leaving our nation vulnerable to terrorist attack. Only the building of a state-of-the-art border security fence, spanning the entire length of our southern border, can resolve this national security crisis. At present, more than one million illegal immigrants cross America's southern border each year. And these numbers are rising dramatically.

Earlier this month, an expanded indictment of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, the American student charged with planning to assassinate President Bush, claimed that Abu Ali planned to traffic al-Qaeda cell members through Mexico to aid in the plot. This is troubling. Just weeks ago, Texas Republican Congressman John Culberson asserted that terrorists are already entering America by way of Mexico. He stated that "the FBI director testified under oath to my committee that there are individuals from countries with known al-Qaeda connections who have entered the United States, assuming false Hispanic identities... . Unfortunately, the terrorists will hit us again, and I am confident the next attack will be massive truck bombs in multiple cities across the U.S."

The situation is urgent. Govs. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Janet Napolitano of Arizona recently declared their states' illegal immigration problems an emergency condition. And the crisis at our border is finally gaining attention at the federal level. Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was forced to admit that "the American public is rightly distressed about a situation in which they feel we do not have the proper control over our borders."

On Sept. 21, 24 members of the bipartisan Texas congressional delegation wrote a letter to President Bush urging immediate action. The letter declared a "state of emergency along our border with Mexico." It stated that "illegal aliens, many of which are 'Other Than Mexicans' (OTMs), are crossing our border by the hundreds on a daily basis. They are presenting an immediate danger to the lives of people in every Texas community and beyond. We strongly urge you to take action now."

The most common proposal is to increase the size of our border security patrol by several thousand additional agents. This fails to appreciate the magnitude of the border problem and the threat it poses to our national security. So far this year, more than 100,000 OTM illegals have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Of these, nearly 500 have come from federally designated "special interest" countries such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Yemen. Any one of these illegals could have been a terrorist intent on bringing death to our citizens and tragedy to our nation.

In the 21st century, only a border security fence can protect our country, while allowing America to remain a beacon of liberty. Whenever possible, secure our nation while preserving our commitment to an open society - a nation where legal immigration, commerce, trade, and tourism can flourish. Our leaders need to act now.

A 2,000-mile-long multilayer state-of-the-art security fence running from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico would safeguard our security and way of life. This is no Great Wall of China. Rather, the structure would consist of coils of barbed wire, a ditch, two tall sturdy wire fences with sensors to warn of any incursion, closed-circuit TV cameras, and motion detectors. Such a fence would finally give us a significant measure of protection from those who wish us harm. It should be wide enough to allow border security vehicles to conduct patrols within the walls. It could also be designed with up to 200 legal crossing points to accommodate commerce, tourism, and legitimate commuting.

A similar fence in Israel dramatically reduced the number of Palestinian terrorist incursions and bombings in a much more openly hostile region. This is real border security with proven results. Outside San Diego, a 14-mile long border fence is nearing completion. Despite roadblocks by environmentalist groups, this less sophisticated fence has succeeded in reducing the area that border agents must defend while strongly deterring crossings in the region surrounding the fence. Now, we need a fence for all 2,000 miles of the southern border.

There are 11,000 agents patrolling our southern border. It would take 150,000 to 200,000 agents and annual budgets of $5 billion to $10 billion to bring this failing system close to adequacy. But a few thousand more border agents are not the answer. A one-time investment of $8 billion would cover the construction costs of a state-of-the-art border security fence such as described above. This is an effective and relatively inexpensive way to prevent the kind of inhumane and costly terrorist attacks that the nation has already suffered.

Do we really need to suffer through another 9/11 before we get serious about our border problem?

The Web site address of We Need A Fence, a project of Let Freedom Ring, Inc., is

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Media Alert -- We Need a Fence Project to be Featured on Fox News Live at 12:45 Today

Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring, will be on FOX News Live today at 12:45 to discuss the "We Need a Fence" Campaign.

Please tune in to the FOX News Channel to learn more about our efforts to promote a border security fence for the US - Mexico border.

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Ask our Leaders to Secure our Borders Immediately

This is the text of our petition, which you can access by clicking the link above.

Please Act to Secure Our Borders Immediately:

Illegal immigration into the United States is out of control, particularly across our southern border. Several members of Congress and Governors have declared states of emergency. The problem is not merely the number of illegal immigrants. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central and South America, there are several hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal aliens from countries that sponsor terrorism or harbor terrorists entering the United States each year across our border with Mexico. Thus, it is a national security issue as well as an immigration issue.

The U.S. Border Patrol is unable to adequately patrol a 2,000 mile border with 11,000 Border Patrol agents.

Independent groups such as The Minutemen have attempted to augment the Border Patrol, with some success and with widespread support. However, these volunteers are outside the administrative control of US border authorities.

The recently-announced Expedited Removal program for Other Than Mexican illegal immigrants is expensive and addresses only a small part of the problem, since it is believed that between 75 and 85% of illegal immigrants are never caught.

Until the border is secured and the tide of illegal immigration is stemmed, proposals to adjust immigration quotas, whether up or down, are doomed to ineffectiveness.

A secure, state-of-the-art border fence must be one element of any comprehensive effort to address the illegal immigration problem. Similar fences in Israel have reduced terrorist attacks by up to 95%.

A border fence is entirely compatible with a guest worker program. In fact, a guest worker program would be reduced to irrelevance without such a fence.We urge you to support legislation to create a secure, state-of-the-art border fence along the entire U.S. border with Mexico. We suggest that we should be seen as your allies, rather than as antagonists. We submit our names in appreciation of your leadership and in anticipation of your support.

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