[StBernard] Landrieu Amendment Works to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Mon Jul 30 23:01:41 EDT 2007

Landrieu Amendment Works to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON - The United States Senate voted 89-1 on an amendment,
cosponsored by Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., to the Homeland Security
Appropriations bill that would fortify the U.S.-Mexico border against the
entry of illegal aliens.

"Securing our borders from illegal aliens is of paramount importance to
protecting our homeland," Sen. Landrieu said. "We face many threats from
abroad, and, for the safety of the American people, we must take the
necessary steps to ensure our southern border is impermeable."

The amendment, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would
appropriate $3 billion to:

* Hire 23,000 full-time border agents;
* Install 300 miles of vehicle barriers along the border;
* Build 700 miles of fencing;
* Deploy 105 ground-based radar and camera towers;
* Deploy four unmanned vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border; and

On June 28, Sen. Landrieu voted against a cloture motion on S. 1639, the
immigration bill, which failed 46-53. This procedural motion ended debate on
the bill, signaling the Senate's opposition. During the immigration debate,
Sen. Landrieu voted for numerous amendments to beef up border security.

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