Democrats overwhelmingly supported a double-layer physical fencing under the “Secure Fence Act” in 2006.
It passed the Senate overwhelmingly with a vote of 80-19, with the support of Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Harry Reid, and Senator Barack Obama.
Here’s what the Act said:
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following–
(1) systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; and (2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to the international land and maritime borders by United States Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all-weather access roads, and vehicle barriers. (b) Operational Control Defined.–In this section, the term “operational control” means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.
From Lid Blog:
The primary goal of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was to help secure America’s borders to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles (1,100 km) of physical barriers along the Mexico-United States border. Later in the text of the bill, it specifies what was supposed to be built: a double-layered fence with barbed wire on top and room for a security vehicle to patrol between the layers. Not bad right?
Here was one visual:
Sounded pretty good right?
But then the law was amended to allow for the DHS to determine what barriers were appropriate depending on the area.
Now in and of itself, it makes sense to adapt to the area. But then came the Obama administration.
Instead of the double-layered fencing over the 700 miles, you got 355 miles of pedestrian fencing which is neither what the Act envisioned nor is it as effective or as high as the wall envisioned by President Donald Trump.
And then about 300 miles of vehicular fencing that wouldn’t stop any migrant from climbing over it.
How do we know it wouldn’t stop anyone from climbing over it?
Here’s video taken earlier this week in New Mexico. Watch hundreds of migrants just climbing right over it.
Border Patrol reported that 247 migrants climbed over on Wednesday and then a second group of 115 climbed over on Thursday.
If ever there was a clearer need for a the wall, this is it.