In recent weeks, local Border Patrol officials have been meeting with landowners whose property might be affected by a fence, handing out pamphlets that show a picture of the World Trade Center burning after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with the phrase "Never Forget" and a message urging border residents to support the government's plan to build fences "to bring effective control to our nation's borders."Wildlife be damned: landowners should be grateful to the Department of Homeland Security. I thought Saddam Hussein was somehow responsible for September 11th, and now we're supposed to believe it was the poor migrating Mexicans?
Seems like a good sign that Texas is on message for the environmental impacts of the fence though, to the extent that the DHS is using such ballsy fear tactics to compel submission. One article from the Lone Star state has even identified the border wall as a problem for the booming ecotourism in the Gulf region. They estimate that eco-tourism pumps about $125 million a year into the region, where the median per capita income is about $11,000.
"If they were building a fence on the U.S.-Canada border cutting off the Niagara Falls, the whole country would be in an uproar."Nice idea, but Canadians didn't fly planes into the World Trade Center, now did they?