Issue Position: Immigration - Border Fence
In October 2006, Congress passed and the President signed into law the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" which directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to construct over 700 miles of double-layered reinforced fencing along the southwest border. This bill also called for systematic surveillance of the entire border with unmanned aerial vehicles, ground sensors, satellites, radar coverage and cameras.
Additionally, the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" mandated that the Secretary of Homeland Security achieve operational control of the border within 18 months of enactment. With the $1.2 billion included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, the Secure Fence Act will finally give our border protection personnel the tools they need to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and cease criminal activity taking place across our borders with Mexico.
To date, DHS has completed more than 76 miles of pedestrian fence for a total of 150 miles of pedestrian fence and 115 miles of vehicle barriers on the southwest border. DHS plans to build an additional 225 miles of pedestrian fence and 200 miles of vehicle barriers. DHS also expects to have about 670 miles of total fence by the end of 2008.
On December 18, 2007, the Senate passed the FY 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which included an additional $3 billion for border security.
You may rest assured that I will continue to support provisions that strengthen our borders, tighten our immigration laws and punish - not reward - illegal immigration. I will also continue to oppose any proposal that endorses, supports or includes amnesty for illegal immigrants.