Senate Passes DeMint Amendment to Complete Border Fence Next Year

Senate Passes DeMint Amendment to Complete Border Fence Next Year

July 8, 2009 - WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after the Senate passed his amendment requiring the completion of 700 miles of double-layer physical fencing along the southern U.S. border by December 31, 2010. The amendment was offered to the FY2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill and the vote was passed by a 54 - 44 vote.

“The American people were promised a secure border fence three years ago and it’s time to make it happen,” said Senator DeMint. “Our southern border has become a battleground for illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human trafficking, and it’s vulnerable to terrorists. Unfortunately, our government has dragged its feet for years and tried to use untested and unsecure ‘virtual’ fencing instead of actual, physical fencing. Our first priority must be national security, and we can only achieve that goal with secure borders. I’m pleased with the strong bipartisan vote in favor of a finishing a real border fence next year. I will work to ensure no one cuts or weakens this important provision in conference.”

The Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus spending bill required 700 miles of reinforced double-layer fencing to built along the southern border and set a deadline for 370 miles of the fence to be completed by December 31, 2008. To this date, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has only constructed 34.3 miles of double-layer fencing, leaving more than 660 miles of required double-layer fencing remaining to be built.

The DeMint amendment states that ineffective fencing to restrain pedestrians (i.e. vehicle barriers and virtual fencing) does not meet the 700 miles required by law. The amendment sets a deadline of December 31, 2010 for completion of the required 700 miles of reinforced double-layer fencing and the installation of related equipment. The amendment also requires the secretary of DHS to submit a report to Congress by September 30, 2009 on the progress made and her plans for completing the fence by December 31, 2010.

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8 years 36 weeks ago, 5:01 PM


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After having talked to

Glenn Spencer of the American Border Patrol, I can't understand why this hasn't received more attention than it has. The fence I went and saw is a fuckin' barrier. It's still possible to drive a van up on the Mexican side with a ladder and go over, but it's a long damned drop and he said in areas where the tall, good fence was put up, detentions of illegals dropped up to 98 percent. This doesn't mean the illegals in that area got better at evading LEOs as much as it means there are fewer getting across in those areas. And hell, you want jobs for Americans? That fence will allow a pretty decent amount of jobs to be created. Definitely a good thing. All they need to do after that is give me a sector and let me pick those few brave ones off as they come over.

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