Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's Third District released the following statement today after the House passed the 2010 Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations bill by voice vote this morning, providing $600 million to address the threat of increased violence along the Southwest border. Titus, an original cosponsor of the legislation, sent a letter to House leaders last week, urging swift action on the bill.
"As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, protecting our country is a top priority, and securing the border with increased personnel and the latest technology is critical to that effort. Even though Nevada is not a border state, the impact of violence along the border has been felt in our community. It is critical that growing violence in Northern Mexico, accompanies by drugs and illegal arms, not be allowed to flow through the border and up to Southern Nevada. By hiring 1,000 new Border Patrol agents and 250 new Customs and Border Protection agents and investing in unmanned drones to patrol the border region, we are providing the resources we need to make our community safer."