Skip to comments.Secure Fence Act (roll call) (2006)
Posted on 05/12/2016 9:20:44 AM PDT by Dana1960
Within 18 months, achieves operational control over U.S. land and maritime borders, including:
systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology; and physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, narcotics, and other contraband.
Proponents support voting YES because:
It is obvious there is no more defining issue in our Nation today than stopping illegal immigration. The most basic obligation of any government is to secure the Nation's borders. One issue in which there appears to be a consensus between the Senate and the House is on the issue of building a secure fence. So rather than wait until comprehensive legislation is enacted, we should move forward on targeted legislation which is effective and meaningful. The legislation today provides over 700 miles of two-layered reinforced fencing, and for the rest of the border provides a virtual fence, via integrated surveillance technology.
Opponents support voting NO because:
Just to build the fence is going to cost us at least $7 billion. Where is the money coming from to pay for it? How much is it going to cost to maintain this 700-mile fence? Who is going to do it? This bill contains no funding.
This bill also ignores real enforcement measures, like hiring more Border Patrol personnel, and instead builds a Berlin Wall on our southern border. So long as employers need workers in this country, and while our immigration systems impede rather than facilitate timely access of willing workers to those opportunities, undocumented immigration will never be controlled.
Walls, barriers, and military patrols will only force those immigrants to utilize ever more dangerous routes and increase the number of people who die in search of an opportunity to feed and clothe their families.
“Just to build the fence is going to cost us at least $7 billion”
How much will it cost to support millions of illegals indefinitely? Probably more than that I’m thinking.
Seven billion is a drop in the bucket compared to how much mexico is currently looting the US for.
25% tax on all remittances going into mexico from the US.
%25 TARRIFF on ALL goods being imported into the US from mexico.
If the mexicans refuse to comply, shut the border down completely until they do comply.
Those socialist POS bastards have it coming to them. They have been a PITA since the founding of the US. Time to make them pay.
HA! That is great!
Yes - when they're just increased the height of the fence at the White House - because it wasn't working.
Since when do they care about spending money?????
They never worry about costs for their stupid programs
We need more than a fence at the border. We need roads along it where possible and a second level defense around the natural barriers. It will cost more than 7b and they will fight us with every trick they have.
How much will it cost to support millions of illegals indefinitely? Probably more than that Im thinking.
We need to build the wall. Come hell or high water. JUST DO IT!
Duncan Hunter, Sr (Ca-52)
Duncan D. Hunter (Ca-50)
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Really? Some fools claim that the cost of building the border fence is $7 BILLION?
Not if the fence is built by private contractors!
Based on published cost estimates for “private construction”, a 700 mile long, double chain link fence SHOULD cost about $125 MILLION.
Gee! That’s less money than Obama gave his buddies at Solyndra.
We should NOT be fooled by claims that a “virtual fence” could close the rest of our wide-open border. I say, build the fence without leaving gaps. And I say add height and a third and fourth lines of fences where experience shows such “enhancements” are needed.
Let’s use our high-tech skills instead to stop the TUNNELS....