By: Drew Zahn
The U.S. Department of State recently purchased 2,500 spools of Concertina razor wire to complete a border fence that online distance calculators determine is over 6,600 miles away from the Rio Grande.
Instead of completing the still unfinished border fence dividing Mexico from the United States, the $435,000 contract is designated to purchase fencing for the border between Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula.
The fencing is part of an $8-million “non-lethal assistance” package originally authorized in April.
“This order is for the delivery of 2,500 spools of Concertina wire for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine,” explains a federal notice posted at FedBizOpps.gov. “Concertina (Razor Wire) is necessary for the State Border Guard Service to defend the newly imposed borders between Ukraine’s mainland and the Crimean peninsula and to strengthen Ukraine’s eastern border.”
The contract was awarded to B.K. Engineering System in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, U.S. Border Patrol agents are struggling just to process the tide of immigrants illegally streaming across the border from Mexico, where a 700-mile long fence, originally authorized by law in 2006, has yet to be completed.
On Oct. 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which required the Department of Homeland Security to “achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States,” including construction of “physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States.”
The law originally set a deadline of May 30, 2008, to complete fence construction.
Lawmakers and federal officials have since pointed out that Congress has failed to appropriate sufficient funds for completion of the fence. To this date, more than 600 miles of fencing have been constructed along the U.S. southern border, but significant portions of the barrier remain unfinished and easily crossed by illegal aliens.