U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today supported a provision to provide $3 billion in emergency funding for border security improvements.
“Securing our borders as soon as possible is the first step to establishing the rule of law,” Alexander said. “This amendment would put more boots on the ground, planes in the air and hundreds of miles of fencing and vehicle barriers to secure our borders. We have to fix our broken immigration system, and securing the border is priority number one.”
The Graham Border Security Amendment (#3117) to the Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 3222) provides funding for the following border security provisions in an effort to gain operational control over 100% of the U.S.-Mexico land border:
* Hiring and training of border security agents;
* Purchasing and operating unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors, and cameras to monitor the border;
* Fencing and vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border;
* Detention space for individuals who illegally cross the border;
* Reimbursements for communities – like Nashville – that participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s 287 (g) program to identify and process illegal aliens that are already being held for committing some other crime.
Alexander was a cosponsor of similar legislation this summer – the Border Security First Act of 2007 – that passed the Senate as an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008 but has yet to become law.
The amendment passed the Senate by a vote of 95 to 1.