|September 26, 2006|
|UPDATE: Senate passes the Fence, 80-19 (Roll Call 262)|
Senate To Vote On The Fence
Tell Your Senators to vote YES on Secure Fence Act!
Four months after passing a massive amnesty bill, the United States Senate will vote on erecting 700 miles of fencing on the southern border. The Secure Fence Act (H.R. 6061), sponsored by Rep. Peter King, passed the House 283-138 on September 14. The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to gain "operational control" of all U.S. international land and maritime borders, defining "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful entry of persons, narcotics and other contraband. The bill also requires the construction of a double layer fence in high traffic sections of the southern border, totaling approximately 700 miles.
Building a physical barrier on the southern border is the only way to begin to stop the invasion of illegal aliens. A real fence, not a "virtual fence" as some politicians tout, is the best deterrent against illegal entry to the United States. In 1996, a border fence was erected in San Diego, California, which has seen significant decreases in the crime rate and illegal alien crossings in the area.
The Senate also needs to take up several other border security bills the House passed last week, including:
The American people demand enforcement of our immigration laws! Passing these bills and sending them to the President for his signature would be a significant step forward in the fight to control our borders.
Your calls are needed! Democrats will likely try to kill the fence bill by adding weakening amendments. Call your Senators and tell them to vote YES on the Secure Fence Act with no amendments!
The Senate will vote on the Secure Fence Act this week! Call your Senators today!!
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