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PAGAN, DAVID G.- (b Re: Border Fence NewsClips, 28 Feb Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:05:26 AM

David, Could you remind Foster that he (and the City of Eagle Pass) has had more consultation than anyone else for fencing. Del Rio Sector had a fencing proposal in the works with the city during the year before all of this PF225 business. Del Rio Sector has kept to the type of fence and the laydown that he and the City originally agreed to. To say he has had none is ridiculous. (b) (6) ----- Original Message ----From: PAGAN, DAVID G.- HQ To: (b) (6) Sent: Thu Feb 28 07:49:42 2008 Subject: Fw: Border Fence NewsClips, 28 Feb

(b) (6) This may give us an opening to get the green light from DHS to talk about where/when/how we are doing fence. I will give you a call when I get in to talk about next steps.
David ----- Original Message ----From: (b) (6) To: (b) (6) Sent: Thu Feb 28 05:58:18 2008 Subject: Border Fence NewsClips, 28 Feb Morning all.

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For more information about the Secure Border Initiative, visit <> or contact us at <> . Chertoff Defends Border Fence on Private Land February 27, 2008 04:06 PM ET US News & World Report The Department of Homeland Security, currently building real and virtual fences on the nation's southern border, won't give in to local lawsuits or complaints from landowners because protecting the nation is a larger responsibility than protecting a landowner's property, according to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. He told reporters today that the department is working with local landowners to settle the issue.

Chertoff said he's "sympathetic" to their concerns, but he's not willing to give in, something he said previous administrations did, with the result that the border has become porous. "Maybe this was a dream," he said, but "I thought there was a huge public demand for a fence. I'm willing to have a fair discussion, but I'm not willing to have an endless discussion." Chertoff noted that he won't be cowed by lawsuits or insults from the local owners. He said that in the past, administrations were "worn down" by lawsuits and political pressure and ended up doing nothing. He added that the department has come up with a good mix of virtual and real fences but that urban areas need fences because those entering the nation illegally can cross the border and slip into U.S. cities too quickly to be caught. Feb. 27, 2008, 11:59PM Chertoff weary over fence attacks He says lawsuits, harsh words won't stop border plan By RICHARD S. DUNHAM and JAMES PINKERTON Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle WASHINGTON — Bristling at attacks from Texans opposed to building a fence along the Texas-Mexico border, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that he will not be intimidated into abandoning the federal government's plans by harsh words or lawsuits. "I'm willing to have a fair and constructive discussion, but I'm not willing to have an endless discussion," Chertoff told reporters at a breakfast meeting. "Insulting me or attacking me does not cause me to go, 'ooh, I've been insulted and attacked, I'm going to stop doing what I'm doing.' " The Homeland Security Department has been on the receiving end of a barrage of criticism from Texas landowners, municipalities, local politicians from both parties and, most recently, from Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Critics say the department has failed to consult adequately with Texans before building the fence that was mandated by Congress. Chertoff flatly rejected the criticisms, citing as an example of communication an agreement with officials in McAllen involving levee work along the Rio Grande. "We've been very willing to consult," he said. "And I sympathize with the fact that people don't want this in their backyard, but ... should the landowner's personal preference, no matter how much I understand and sympathize, should that trump everybody else's security interests?" Chertoff's ringing defense of the fence was met with jeers by critics along the border. "He doesn't get it, and he has no inclination to get it," said Chad Foster, a real estate agent and mayor of Eagle Pass. "They're going to put up some fence, and it's going to be in Eagle Pass just to make an example of the mouthy mayor of Eagle Pass." Mayors along the Texas border have proposed increasing counter-measures already in operation, including cameras, land sensors and unmanned surveillance aircraft, in addition to boosting the number of border patrol agents. "In the 21st century, we should be able to secure the border with technology rather than physical barriers,"Foster said. Instead of consultation, Foster said the city was hit with a lawsuit to allow federal surveyors to enter and survey 233 acres of city land for a fence. Foster said Chertoff has not given serious consideration to alternatives to a border barrier. "As we speak today, there are stakes in the ground and the flags say, 'border fence,' " said Foster. "Now where is the consultation? We are just waiting for someone to come and build the wall." Such talk does not move Chertoff. "When what I hear is attacks or lawsuits, that's not going to push us, because, see, that's why we had

the problem we had for 30 years," he said. "The reason that my predecessors were not able get control of the border was not that they were feckless or not faithful public servants. They wanted to do the job, but they ran into unbelievable resistance, and they were worn down (by) lawsuits, political pressure." The Bush administration official said he's simply complying with the will of Congress. "Maybe I'm — maybe this was a dream," he said. "I thought I remembered last year a huge outcry demanding we build a fence all across the southern border. Was that an imaginary thing? I thought there was a huge public demand for this. And then I thought I heard myself getting roundly criticized because I didn't want to build double fence from sea to shining sea, and I was viewed as squishy and soft on this ... "So we really looked at every single mile of the border, and we came up with what seemed to be the right mix." After weeks of escalating rhetoric and legal action, some of the landowners say they're ready for some calm discussion. ''Its ridiculous, its non-productive and a waste of energy on both sides," said Noel Benavides, a Roma City Council member whose wife's family has owned a large tract of land on the Rio Grande for hundreds of years."If they had communication with the people involved, they would have gotten this settled a long time ago. But they never came out and said what they wanted." Benavides says that landowners are unlikely to win a showdown with the feds. "The secretary might say he won't back down," said Benavides. "Well, fine, more power to him. He's got the law on his side, Homeland Security can do whatever they want to. But we have a right to ask what's going on ... something is not right, and it's been that way since day one."

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