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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

‘Friendly Fence’ a Victory for UTB-TSC?


Yes, UTB-TSC and the Department of Homeland Security reached an agreement, finally, on the border fence debate.

Now, UTB-TSC is charged with building its own aesthetically pleasing fence, which UTB-TSC President Juliet V. Garcia envisions “with bougainvillea and vine growing all over it.” Que pretty.

The fence will be shorter, and UTB-TSC will supposedly not sacrifice university property.

Today’s Associated Press article also states that UTB-TSC will install electronic sensors that will be linked to Border Patrol monitors.

Many, including myself, applaud Garcia’s courageous efforts to do what’s best for UTB-TSC and this community. She definitely took DHS to task, and that takes moxie.

Folks are touting this as a win for UTB-TSC, but why don’t I feel a sense of victory?

Perhaps it’s the close to $1 million tab taxpayers are picking up to build a pretty fence. And, lots of questions that remain unanswered, folks. Who will pick up the tab to maintain it? Will border agents now patrol campus, or will campus police have to do this? Will tuition go up? Will there be a new “fence maintenance” fee?

What's that saying? Me estan picando los ojos.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone post the agreement online so we can all review and comment accordingly?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's some interesting posts on this topic itself in this forum.

http://rgv.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1262

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I will be receiving a copy shortly.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is hilarious how UTB/TSC President Juliet Garcia fought the government rigorously to prevent them from building a border wall behind her university. But why doesn't she fight rigorously to make UTB/TSC a competing university? The lack of degree programs, the lack of financial assistance to students, better facilities and better professors are just a few issues that Juliet Garcia should pay more attention to. But I guess Juliet Garcia wants to look good on television so her superiors at Austin can see her. So when any of you encounter an illegal alien crossing through campus just say to the illegal alien UTB/TSC's motto, "Nothing so close can take you so far." You will obviously have to translate it into Spanish.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a UTB-TSC Alum and I'm sick and tired of Juliet Garcia and her cronies. Ya basta, we need some new leadership.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She definitely took DHS to task, and that takes moxie.

"take to task" defined as "to call to account for a shortcoming : criticize"

"moxie" defined as "pep"

Garcia definitely criticized DHS, and that takes pep. How much pep does it take to criticize DHS?

Garcia will have to find a way to pay for it and meet DHS standards within 10 days. Her principle negotiator Michael Putegnat says, "It will look pretty much like the fence you'd see at a baseball field backstop."

Will their pep meet DHS standards for the chain-linked fence?

Persephone

Wednesday, August 06, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Wrong moxie, Persephone.

Try one of these:

1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.
2. Aggressive energy; initiative
3. Skill; know-how.


Still, to answer your question (with a question): Will their pep meet DHS standards for the chain-linked fence? Wanna make a wager?

Thursday, August 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see it now... Ben Reyna, director of UTB's new collaboration with DHS the "Center for Border Security". Reyna, "retired" (imagine retiring from a $250,000/yr job with a private jet to teach chanclas at UTB!) from his post as director of US Marshalls, after a couple of federal judges under his protection were whacked.Yes I'm sure Ben already has everything figured out... I feel better already.

Thursday, August 07, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

Anony,

Actually it was the husband and mother of a Federal Judge in Chicago, but yeah, you have a point.

K

Thursday, August 07, 2008  

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