let them eat glenn beck's shitty jokes
Real Americans do not need farms or critical habitat -
only the true grit that comes with a smug countenance.
When Poorly Realized Xenophobia Goes Wild:
A planned, much-debated fence along the U.S.-Mexico border designed to keep people from crossing the Rio Grande could exacerbate flooding and skew the national boundary, a binational commission said Wednesday.
An impermeable fence anywhere between the river and levees, which can be as far as 1 1/2 miles from the river itself, could cause flooding in addition to violating a 1970 treaty, said Sally Spener, spokeswoman for the International Boundary and Water Commission.
The treaty declared the international boundary at the midpoint of the river and prohibited construction of anything that could deflect or obstruct the water flow and harm the other side.
"If you have a structure that is going to alter the river channel, then you are in effect altering the boundary between the United States and Mexico," she said.
Russ Knocke, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said the fence could be built in several varieties, depending on the land. Some proposed fences -such as solid steel landing mats - would be impermeable to water.
Businessmen and local officials in the Rio Grande Valley who intercepted the map late last month were outraged.
They had been told the Border Patrol would listen to their concerns before going forward with a fence that could interfere with farmers' irrigation, harm wildlife, and insult the Mexican consumers and investors that fuel a big part of the region's growing economy.