U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today cosponsored an amendment to the immigration legislation before the Senate to increase border security. The amendment, the Requiring Enforcement, Security and Safety While Upgrading Lawful Trade and Travel Simultaneously (RESULTS) Amendment, was introduced by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
"Amendments like this are the reason the Senate needs to have this important debate," Johanns said. "America should be a nation of tall fences with wide gates so we continue attracting the best and the brightest while having full control of our borders. This amendment is exactly where the conversation about immigration reform should begin."
The RESULTS Amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, and the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, in consultation with Government Accountability Office Comptroller General, to jointly certify that the United States has:
* Monitoring capability all along the Southern border,
* Full control of the border,
* A fully operational and utilized border exit system at all air and sea ports of entry, and
* A fully functioning nationwide workforce verification system.
The amendment would also increase the number of border patrol and customs officers and authorizes new grants to help local law enforcement agencies combat drug trafficking and human smuggling.
Finally, the amendment would prohibit illegal immigrants convicted of serious misdemeanors such as domestic violence, aggravated assault, child abuse, violation of a protection order and drunk driving from receiving temporary legal status.