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Chertoff: Screw the Environment, We Need to Keep the Mexicans Out

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If you've been paying attention lately, you know that there is a project under way to construct a "security" fence along the U.S. border with Mexico. (Excuse me, but how many Mexicans were on those planes on 9/11? Oh, yeah, none. But that doesn't matter. Brown skin is brown skin, to some people, I suppose.)

Anyway, construction of the portion of the fence that sits along the Mexico-Arizona border was put on hold on October 10 because it would run through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. A federal district judge ruled that the federal government did not fully study the environmental impact of the fence.

But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff doesn't care about the fact that the fence could upset the area's ecology and even violate some environmental laws.

On Monday, Chertoff invoked his power to waive those pesky laws and restart construction of that fence.

This is disappointing, and even alarming, but it shouldn't come as a surprise. The Bushies have never met a law that they couldn't sidestep via some claim of executive privilege or national security.

To them, the laws are for us little people.

And it's for our own good. They must save us from the Mexicans who threaten our freedoms and our way of life.

Please give me a freaking break.

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