"The Department of Homeland Security reached its goal of completing 70 miles of new fencing by the end of this month, nearly doubling the length of barriers on the border to about 145 miles.The U.S./Mexican border spans 1,952 miles.
"When we make a commitment, we will carry through on the commitment," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff."
"The Secure Fence Act, which President Bush signed into law last fall, called for 700 miles of new fencing. The administration set a goal of completing nearly 300 miles by the end of 2008."The U.S./Mexican border spans 1,952 miles.