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Calvert Hails Passage of the Secure Fence Act

Location: Washington, DC


Today Congressmen Ken Calvert (R-Corona) applauded the passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, H.R. 6061.

"The Secure Fence Act is the first step towards securing our border," said Rep. Calvert, a co-sponsor of the bill. "It reinforces fencing along some of the weakest locations and enhances the ability of DHS to use technology to watch the border."

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 is the first of several packages to be introduced by House Republicans to control illegal border crossings. The Act provides for reinforced fencing in Tecate, California; along the majority of the Arizona border, and two areas along the Texas border. The bill also provides an analysis of the northern border, evaluates the ability of Border Patrol agents to stop fleeing vehicles and provides increased usage of technology such as ground sensors and air unmanned vehicles to survey the border.

"Republicans will not rest on the issue of illegal immigration: it is not only affecting our communities through the degradation of public services from schools to emergency rooms but it is an issue of national security," stated Rep. Calvert. "The House is committed to passing focused, enforcement-first legislation. The Senate has no excuse for not taking up these measures that the American people have so consistently demanded."

Congressman Calvert wrote legislation that became the Basic Pilot Program which provides a way for employers to verify that the name and Social Security number of new employees match. The program is web-based, available in all 50 states at no charge and is now used by over 10,000 employers to verify the legal status of new employees. The program is voluntary, timely and accurate. He has also authored, H.R. 19, the Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS), which would make the Basic Pilot Program mandatory for employers over seven years.

"Border security is certainly a crucial aspect in the solution to illegal immigration but until we cut off the magnet of jobs through employment verification, we will never truly have control of the problem."

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