one thing elected officials always do is to try and impress the public that they are actually doing something, even if that just involves going thru the motions and talking about some bogus issue.
i guess this is one of those cases. everytime i have read about a narco-tunnel being discovered on either the mexican or canidian borders the feds have quickly shut it down. but here Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Jon Kyl are pretending to try and do something. Im sure narco-tunnel are already illegal under other laws but these two federal senators want to get up on their soap boxes and pretend they are doing something by sponsering this silly unneeded law.
Legislation aims to outlaw tunneling under border
Billy House Republic Washington Bureau Feb. 20, 2006 12:00 AM
In the post-Sept. 11 world, building a tunnel under the border to sneak into the United States is obviously illegal, right?
Well, maybe not illegal enough.
On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce a bill that will spell out, specifically, that such burrowing is a federal offense in this era of heightened border security and terrorism concerns.
Her bill, which Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is co-sponsoring, is to be unveiled at a news conference at the warehouse near the Otay Mesa port of entry in Southern California, where authorities in January uncovered a tunnel from Tijuana.
Feinstein's spokesman, Scott Gerber, would only say, "We're not releasing details of the bill until Tuesday."
Kyl's office, deferring to Feinstein's, had little to add.
Laws exist to prosecute people for illegally entering this country, as well as for smuggling drugs, people, weapons or other contraband.
But Feinstein wants to add specific anti-tunneling legislation.
Reporter Susan Carroll contributed to this article.