Statement of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on the Sessions Amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Posted on July 14, 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement on his vote against the Sessions amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill: “I voted to include 370 miles of fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along our southern border in the immigration bill. I voted against the overall Senate immigration bill because it didn’t do enough to secure our borders. Border security must come first. "Yesterday, I voted against an amendment to fund fence construction because it would have paid for the fence by cutting 750 border patrol agents and detention facilities for 1,200 illegal immigrants. That’s the wrong way to pay for a fence on the border. It makes no sense to cut border patrol agents in the name of securing the border.” The amendment was defeated 29-71.