Davis, Filner to Obama: Stop Border Fence

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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The sun sets behind a section of the US-Mexico border fence.

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Eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- including two members from San Diego County -- are asking for a halt to new border-fence construction.
     
In a letter to President Barack Obama, the eight asked for a suspension of fence construction until an evaluation of border security operations being conducted by the new administration is finished.

The letter was signed by representives Susan Davis and Bob Filner, Raul Grijalva of Arizona and five Texas lawmakers.

Tuesday's letter said that there are places where fencing is feasible. But the members wrote that the previous administration's policy of using fencing along much of the border was ill-conceived because local communities and local Border Patrol chiefs didn't have "meaningful input."
     
The Texans include Solomon Ortiz, Silvestre Reyes, Ruben Hinojosa, Ciro D. Rodriguez, and Henry Cuellar.

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