Agreement Calls for 700 Miles of Border Fence, More Border Agents
By Harold Hutchison
A “deal” may be in the works on the amnesty bill being pushed by the Senate’s “Gang of Eight.” Among the provisions of the deal are the construction of a border fence along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, nearly doubling the size of Customs and Border Patrol by hiring 20,000 more agents, and acquiring unmanned aerial vehicles.
The compromise also would hold off on granting illegal immigrants green cards until the security provisions are in place. The immigration bill has drawn controversy over its provisions to legalize a number of the 11 million illegal aliens in the country, largely because past promises of border security have not been kept.
Previously, several border security amendments had been defeated.