Now Let’s Build the Border Fence – “Secure Fence Act of 2006″
Ok, we killed the Amnesty Bill — now let’s tell Washington to build that damn fence. Remember the big hoopla last October when the President signed the bill called “The Secure Fence Act of 2006″?
It was signed on October 26, 2006 and its primary purpose was to build 854 miles of new fencing along the United States–Mexico border with the intention of controlling illegal immigration into the United States of America. It passed 80-19 in the Senate and 283-138 in the House. There is one billion dollars appropriated to build the fence. Yet the DHS has only built 11 miles of it!
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said,“The Senate’s decision to blatantly ignore the Secure Fence Act signed into law last year and only requires construction of 370 miles of fence, [in the Kennedy/McCain Immigration Reform Bill S. 1348 - May '07] as opposed to the 854 miles mandated by the law, is a dramatic failure of this legislation.”
Here is what the Secure Fence Act says:
(a) Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include
(1) systematic surveillance of the international land and
maritime borders of the United States through more effective use
of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles,
ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras;
(2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful
entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to
the international land and maritime borders by United States
Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints,
all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers.
(b) Operational Control Defined.–In this section, the term
“operational control” means the prevention of all unlawful entries
into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful
aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.
(c) Report.–Not later than one year after the date of the enactment
of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to
Congress a report on the progress made toward achieving and maintaining
operational control over the entire international land and maritime
borders of the United States in accordance with this section.
SEC. 3. CONSTRUCTION OF FENCING AND SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS IN
BORDER AREA FROM PACIFIC OCEAN TO GULF OF
We effectively mobilized the citizens of this country to stop the Amnesty bill in the Senate — now we must tell them to build the fence! Let’s keep calling our Senators, Representatives and the White House until the borders are secure. Call Washington and ask them:
Posted: 0833PT 06/08/07