Border Flag Fight

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Monday, November 8, 2010 - 11:48am

Border watch group told they can't hang messages on the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

There is a section of the border fence where thousands of American flags flap in the wind outside of Sierra Vista, Arizona.

There's also a small hand written note attached to each of the flags, and that causing quite a flap with a long time southern Arizona activist and the U.S Border Patrol.

The Border Patrol says the messages need to be removed.

"We have over 10,000 petitions signed by American citizens saying enforce the law," says Glenn Spencer of the American Border Patrol, a border watch group.

"They were sent in individually, mailed to us, by our supporters," he said.

He says his supporters are petitioning the government because they don't like what's happening on the border.

They want to see more fence along the border and a double fence.

Spencer says he doesn't understand why they've been allowed to put the flags and messages up for the last three years but now, "They don't want this, these statements from Americans here."

"Our fence is a federal structure," says Mario Escalante, a public information officer with U.S. Border Patrol. "It's federal property, therefore we're not allowed to post any type of political messaging on the fence, because it's a federal structure."

Still, Spencer thinks this is the right place for folks to express their opinions.

"I don't think they have the right to tell us we can't post a message and put American flags up here, asking our government to protect us," he says.

The U.S. Border Patrol says the flags can fly but the messages must come down.

The Border Patrol has not given Spencer a deadline to remove the tags.
 

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