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Immigration Bill Would Add 20,000 Border Patrol Agents

June 24, 2013  | 

Photo via Inventorchris/Flickr.
Photo via Inventorchris/Flickr.
The U.S. Senate voted 67-27 Monday to add a security provision to bipartisan immigration legislation that would add 20,000 Border Patrol agents and provide funding for additional fencing and surveillance technology.

Fifteen Republicans voted for the border security amendment, setting up a possible final Senate vote on the bill later in the week, reports The Hill. Supporters have hoped to get 70 votes for the legislation, which faces a more problematic road to passage in the House of Representatives.

The bill as now constituted would provide $4.5 billion in technology and equipment to achieve full border surveillance and funding to construct 700 miles of fencing.

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Tags: Immigration Enforcement, U.S. Congress, U.S.-Mexico Border, Video Surveillance, Border Patrol


Comments (6)

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Bob@Az. @ 6/24/2013 9:53 PM

Too little, too late.

Troop @ 6/24/2013 11:29 PM

Funny how the Obama administration was crying foul over the sequester saying that there was going to be massive cuts to the CBP and our safety was at risk. Now they are talking about adding 20k border patrol agents. So what is it? The government can't have it both ways.

Tom Ret @ 6/25/2013 4:04 PM

Didn't you know that what we need to concentrate on in this day and age is not problems with immigration or border security or terrorism or jobs but global warming and reducing our nuclear weapon stockpile? If you didn't, then you must have missed Obama's speech to the Germans and the world.

Bob@Az. @ 6/25/2013 6:07 PM

Tom Ret., I too missed that obviously tantalizing speech as I recently acquired a pair of "No Bullshit" ear protectors online. In fact, I've missed ALL of his speeches and teleprompter readings since their arrival. They even work with the DOJ & IRS hearings. I have yet to try them out on the latest distraction, the Snowden fairy tale. Blues, Stay Safe. And keep your sense of humor near!

Mike @ 6/26/2013 4:15 AM

Troop don't worry about the sequester. This immigration bill is supposed to save the country millions, according to the Senate. I do agree that it seems a little strange that just two weeks ago there was an article about the border agents not having enough fuel for their vehicles and now they are hiring 20,000 more agents. Maybe they will all get Chevy Volts since no one else is buying them

Factchecker @ 6/26/2013 4:47 AM

Troop: Get your facts straight. Its the Republicans who added the amendment to the bill for the extra 20,000 BP Agents.

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