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Press Release - Congressman Scott Garrett Votes for Three Key Bills to Help Secure Our Nation's Borders

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Scott Garrett Votes for Three Key Bills to Help Secure Our Nation's Borders

Washington, Sep 22 - Yesterday, Congressman Scott Garrett voted for three pieces of legislation that will help American law enforcement to seal our borders and crack down on illegal immigration.

"We must secure our borders first and foremost. Until we do, all talk about tinkering with other aspects of U.S. immigration policy is premature," said Garrett, who supported a strong border security package in December 2005, which remains pending in the Senate. "The focus in the illegal immigration debate needs to be on the word illegal, not the word immigration. I supported these three bills today because of the immediate impact they would have on fixing this problem, and making our country more secure."

Last week, Garrett also supported the Secure Fence Act (H.R. 6061), which passed the House by a vote of 283-138. That bill authorizes construction of a 700-mile reinforced fence along the Southwest border and mandates that the Department of Homeland Security achieve operational control over the entire border with a "virtual fence" that employs cameras, ground sensors, and unmanned aerial vehicles.



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