Sep 29 2006

Shelby: Secure Borders Needed to Secure Homeland

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today applauded Senate passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006.  The legislation directs the Department of Homeland Security to construct over 700 miles of double-layered reinforced fencing along the U.S. - Mexico border.  The bill also calls for systematic surveillance of the entire border with unmanned aerial vehicles, ground sensors, satellites, radar coverage and cameras.  The bill includes a mandate that the Secretary of Homeland Security achieve operational control of the border within 18 months of enactment. 

“Our porous borders serve as a “welcome” sign to illegal immigrants and would-be terrorists,” said Senator Shelby.  “We must continue to construct physical barriers and move to effectively control our border.  Failure to do so puts our national security at risk.  I am committed to securing our borders, and will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to provide the funds necessary to keep Americans safe.  Only when our borders are secure can we begin to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants within the United States. The Secure Fence Act is an important measure to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States”

In conjunction with the $1.2 billion dollars included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 the Secure Fence Act will finally give our border protection personnel the tools they need to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and cease criminal activity taking place across our borders with Mexico.