Bachmann pledges border fence with Mexico

AP News

10/15/2011 1:24:45 PM - AP News
PERRY, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has signed a pledge vowing to push for construction of a fence along the entire border with Mexico by the end of 2013.Bachmann says that illegal immigration costs the U.S. more than $100 million a year and argues securing the border is also a national security issue. Bachmann says she's long pushed for a border fence and signed a pledge by the group Americans For Securing Our Border.On Saturday, she came to Perry, a town of about 9,800 where the meatpacking industry has left the city about 32 percent Hispanic.Bachmann rejected suggestions that talking about cracking down on illegal immigrants is racists or anti-Hispanic.Van Hipp Jr., head of the Securing the Border group, says Bachmann is the first GOP candidate to sign.