The Senate is expected to vote today on an increased border security amendment proposed last week for the immigration reform bill.
Last week Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) proposed more border security before any undocumented immigrant can apply for legal status. The increase in border security they are proposing would cost an extra $30 billion and it would include the following:
Fence along the Mexico-U.S. border
The amendment would require the completion of a double-layer, 700-mile fence. Between 2006 and 2009, Customs and Border Protection spent $2.4 billion completing 670 miles of border fence. It ended up just being a single layer of fencing designed to keep pedestrians or vehicles from crossing into the U.S.
More Border Patrol Agents
The amendment would require the doubling of border patrol agents from 21,394 agents to 40,000. In the past eight years, the number of border patrol agents has already doubled in size. However, the number of people who have been caught at the border has dropped by a third.
The Corker-Hoeven amendment has to get 70 votes in the Senate in order for it to be adopted and included in the immigration bill. Republicans in the House of Representatives agree that stronger border security measures would help the Senate immigration reform’s chance in the House.
A new poll by the Pew Research Center and USA Today shows 49 percent of Americans believe legalization could happen before the border is completely secure while 43 percent of Americans believe legalization should only happen after all border security improvements have been made.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants