Remember the Border Fence?

Those of us who got all worked up over the McCain-Kennedy immigration amnesty bill earlier this year—and there were millions of us—repeatedly stated, as I did in this post, “Secure the borders first, then we’ll talk about what to do with the illegals we already have.”

The proponents of the bill, including the President, basically said, “Trust us. We will secure the border. Why look! We’ve appropriated money to build a fence and we’ve sent National Guard troops to help! So, go ahead and give us this amnesty.”

Our response. “We don’t believe you.”

Well, never has mistrust been so well placed and skepticism so fully validated. Check out this story in today’s Washington Times. Here’s the lead paragraph:

The U.S. Border Patrol is asking for volunteers among its agents to help build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Bush is withdrawing half the National Guard troops he sent there last year to build fences.

Over at Hugh Hewitt’s blog, Duane Patterson comments on the story:

This is precisely why the blowback at the Senate’s comprehensive bill a couple of months ago was as high as it was. People simply don’t trust the government to keep its word, especially when it comes to enforcing immigration. 700 miles of fencing was passed by Congress and signed by the President at the end of last year.