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Building a Wall in the Wrong Spot?

Reported by Judy - April 13, 2006

Fox News has been a big proponent of the cockamamie scheme to build a huge wall along the U.S.- Mexican border to keep people from coming to this country illegally, featuring representatives of a group called "We Need a Fence" on its shows in recent days. So the latest news of an immigration smuggling ring being busted was right up its alley.

"Fox and Friends First" on Thursday (April 13, 2006) featured a report from Lauren Green on the indictment of 14 people on charges they smuggled into the U.S. some 50 foreigners who paid them thousands of dollars to evade border patrols and reach American territory. There was even sinister-looking night-vision video of a group of people crossing a road.

What a great time to bring back the folks from "We Need a Fence" and talk about how their idea for a fence that was 30 feet high, topped with barbed wire, and protected on each side by deep ditches to prevent vehicles from driving over it. Why, this would be the perfect time to drive home how this fence could have prevented such a ring from operating and it would have been much easier for border authorities to police the border.

Yes, it would have been a great time for that, except for one inconvenient fact. The smuggling ring was between the U.S. and Canada. And "We Need a Fence" wants to build the fence on the U.S.-Mexican border because it's convenient for anti-immigration racists to paint all immigrants as Latinos. So Fox and Friends First didn't bother with any interview with the "We Need a Fence" people.

Don't you love it when facts get in the way of Fox News' ideological agenda? Not that anybody at that news channel would ever notice.

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