Thursday, February 02, 2006

Trade group opposes border security walls

Trade group opposes border security walls

An international trade group has come out against proposals to construct security walls and fences along the U.S. border with Mexico.
The Border Trade Alliance, whose members include major businesses in Arizona and other border states, says a plan to build a Mexican border wall is shortsighted and will not address the problem of illegal immigration.
Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi, favor increased technology at the border and some fencing and walling at urban and well-traveled crossing points. Renzi envisions new Mexican border walls to be akin to security infrastructure constructed by Israel along the West Bank.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano opposes a border wall, arguing it would be took expensive and not take a bite out of illegal immigration.
The Border Trade Alliance group includes executives from companies such as Wells Fargo Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton as well as attorneys from the Phoenix-based law firm of Lewis & Roca.
Two top Napolitano appointees -- Arizona Mexico Commission executive director Marco Lopez and Arizona Lottery director Art Macias -- also serve on BTA's board. Macias was previously the head of the Arizona Department of Weights & Measures.
The Phoenix-based trade group receives financial backing from major border state employers including Arizona Public Service Co., Wells Fargo Bank, Ford Motor Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Southwest Gas.

These companies should be called and boycotted and these public officials should be draged to the border the next time there's a gun fight there with the drug runners.

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