August 6th, 2010
05:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Senate approves $600 million in emergency border security funds

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday, on the eve of the Senate's summer recess and ahead of an election season in which immigration and border security are shaping up as major issues.

The bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases and $14 million in new communication equipment.

It represents a 10 percent increase in border security spending over 2010, said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a bill sponsor.

The measure must be passed by the House of Representatives before it can be signed by the president and become law.

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