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Mexican Lawmakers Oppose Fences

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mexican lawmakers are angrily denouncing a US Senate-approved measure to build new border fences. Meanwhile, would-be illegal immigrants vow to skirt them into US territory anyway.

The administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox has called the fence proposal "shameful" and "stupid" as recently as December.

But the administration was conspicuously silent after the Senate added the proposal to its immigration bill yesterday.

The measure also opens the door for (M) millions of undocumented Mexicans to achieve some legal status in the United States.

The Senate agreed to give many illegal immigrants a shot at US citizenship, but also backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the southern border. It's unclear where the new barriers would be built. Some have speculated they could go up along a stretch of border between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas.

The measure has yet to clear the House, which has called for twice as much fencing and sterner punishment of illegal immigration.

President Bush also is fleshing out plans to deploy six-thousand National Guard troops along the border to support the Border Patrol.


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