Bachmann pledges to finish Mexico border fence

In Michele Bachmann’s latest attempt to stay alive in the Republican presidential race, she has signed a pledge promising to finish the fence along the Mexican border by 2013, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bachmann became the first major presidential candidate to sign a pledge by the Americans for Securing the Borders, an advocacy group, on Saturday, saying she would consider allowing federal agents to conduct raids to find illegal immigrants, the LA Times reports.

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“President Obama has failed the American people by failing to secure the southern border,” said Bachmann, the Associated Press reports. “I will secure that border and that will be job one.”

Bachmann brought up the issue of immigration while campaigning in an Iowa town, where about one third of the residents are Hispanic, Fox News Latino reports. The town is a major meatpacking industry, drawing immigrant workers, AP reports.

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The Republican candidate that has fell from the top tier of GOP potential candidates renewed her attacks on Gov. Rick Perry’s immigration policies, along with criticizing President Barack Obama for “his failure to control the border,” the Associated Press reports.

“Van Hipp Jr., head of Americans for Securing Our Border, said Bachmann was the first GOP presidential hopeful to sign the pledge, but he added the group plans to aggressively seek the support of others as well,” the AP reports.

The signed pledge binds Bachmann to support the construction of a double fence along the length of the U.S. border with Mexico by 2013, the AP reports.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/17/2011 - 11:25 am.

    It’s a sign of both illegal immigrants’ determination and the conditions from which they flee that they are so desperate to come to a nation in which they are so despised and in which someone like Michele Bachmann is considered a serious contender for the presidency.

    A fence is not a long term answer to illegal immigration, particularly when so many areas of our economy rely heavily on the presence of illegal immigrants. Create a legal workers’ program, prosecute those who then hire illegals, and in the longer term, work toward assisting the development of the economies from which they come. It’s not rocket science. It simply requires the political will to step on some toes.

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