Saturday, June 30, 2007

Border Fence built on wrong side - $3M to fix!

Get a clue.

Guess this shows how NOT serious the US really is about the fence New Mexico, the fence was built on Mexican soil, not American. Now they have to spend $3M to fix it.

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) - The 2 1/2-kilometre barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the United States. There's just one problem: It was accidentally built on Mexican soil.

Now embarrassed border officials say the mistake could cost the U.S. government more than $3 million to fix. The barrier was part of more than 24 kilometres of border fence built in 2000, stretching from the town of Columbus to an onion farm and cattle ranch.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the vertical metal tubes were sunk into the ground and filled with cement along what officials firmly believed was the border. But a routine aerial survey in March revealed that the barrier protrudes into Mexico by as much as two metres