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Rep. Michele Bachmann Demands Fence be Built Between U.S. and Mexico (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Rep. Michele Bachmann told Glenn Beck's radio audience today to call Congress and "melt the phones" to demand their representatives not sign any type of immigration bill that comes up in the House.

She claimed that immigration reform was President Obama's plot to get "tens of millions of voters" to "block out constitutional conservatives."

The U.S. Senate has already passed an immigration reform bill, which included votes by some Republicans, who Rep. Bachmann claimed "betrayed" conservatives (video below).

According to RightWingWatch.org, Rep. Bachmann stated: "We're not putting up with any fake border security bill. We can't trust the President to enforce the border and so we are not going to take up anything right now until you build us a fence. Build me the fence! Where's my fence that I paid for in 2006? Gimmie my fence or give me my money back!"

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She was likely referring to "The Secure Fence Act of 2006" signed by President Bush, which requires the construction of 700 miles of border fence.

According to the New York Times in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security had erected about 613 miles of new fencing.

The Bush administration paid Boeing $67 million to complete the fence in three years, but the project ran way over budget and hit close to $1 billion by 2011, when the Obama administration ended the project, noted the Associated Press.

Boeing's fence had numerous problems, including a radar system that couldn't tell the difference between vegetation and people in windy weather.

Amazingly, Boeing said it was proud of the accomplishments of its team. Oddly, Rep. Bachmann failed to mention these facts.

Sources: New York Times, Associated Press, RightWingWatch.org