In response to the State of Arizona’s new immigration law, California volunteers have begun construction of a new border fence along the Colorado River.
The new border fence, when completed, will prevent citizens of Arizona from entering California without proper documentation. Organized by a collection of civic groups and construction firms, the fence effort hopes to be finished in record time – just in time for the summer tourist season, when thousands of Arizonians travel west for relief from the heat into the Golden State. We have a blogger on site and he filed this report:
Out here near Yuma and along the River, the winds have started to pick up. Dozens of volunteers are swarming the construction site and border fence panels and wiring are being strung up rapidly. People are working at a feverish pitch – no doubt motivated by the recent immigration crisis in Arizona.
Just behind the fence, on the California side, structures are being raised that will house the border officials who will be checking the documentation of drivers of vehicles with Arizona license plates. That’s right – only cars, SUVs and trucks with the telltale plates will be required to stop. Drivers will then be asked to produce genuine US Social Security cards before proceeding into California. They’ll also be able to get in with proof that they did not vote for the current Arizona governor Jan Brewer.
Arizona border fence organizers I just spoke with are hoping the fence will be up along a 100 mile line from the border with Mexico all the way along the Colorado River in the next three weeks. This will be just in time for when residents of Arizona begin their annual trek into the cooler climes of California.
That’s all I have to report – stayed tuned to this media for more updates.
This was the most recent report from the border. We’ll have more in the near future as this project gets underway and closer to its completion.
Volunteers are being used for the construction because when the call went out for firms to compete for the project, so many people showed up willing to do the work for free, and with local unions in agreement, it was decided to proceed with the volunteers.
Material for the fence and equipment were all donated by local farmworker associations, the Mexican government, and by just plain California citizens and businesses.
In a related matter, crowds gathered around the local San Diego offices of Representative Duncan Hunter, chanting, “Where is your birth certificate! Show us now!”, apparently in response to his recent speech to a Ramona Tea Party rally where he claimed that the souls of his shoes proved he was an American citizen. However, recent evidence has surfaced that indicates he actually may be a replicant, modeled after another Duncan Hunter who was in Congress for years. More on this story later.