Building 370 miles of fence is worse than building no fence at all. It will simply encourage illegals to travel through the desert to locations where there isn't a fence. It will simply result in the deaths of more illegals, but it won't stop them from coming.
To be effective, the fence HAS to cover most or ALL of the border to completely discourage border crossings.
Perhaps this is a start, but considering how difficult it was just to get 370 miles approved, it is not encouraging that more miles of fence will be built.
I disagree. 370 is the minimum, the House-senate conference can and likely will up it substantially. It's a start and wouldn't exist at all if the base was a bunch of passive patsies, like some freepers advocate.
Some fences are already there. There is a 23 mile fence south of San Diego on the border. There are other sections as well. All a fence does is act a force multiplier and it funnels the illegals to areas where we can control and detect them. There are also parts of the border that don't need fencing due the terrain, access, etc. This is a good start.
It is obvious by the votes that this is a sop to the conservative Reps who are really serious about border control, so they can vote for the final bill. I hope the House stands its grounds about citizenship. Although not desireable, I would accept some sort of permanent residency by never citizenship. You can't reward illegal behavior.