August 12th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
8 years ago

$600 million in emergency funding for border passed


 On Thursday, the Senate passed a measure to provide $600 million in emergency funding for border security. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Two senators - Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland - returned from their August recess Thursday to give the chamber's approval for $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measure, which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, now advances to President Barack Obama's desk. Obama is expected to sign it on Friday

The bill passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn't require the return of the entire Senate chamber. GOP leaders had agreed to the maneuver.

Among other things, the bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases and $14 million in new communications equipment.

The measure has attracted strong Democratic and Republican support. Obama praised the plan after the Senate passed it, saying that congressional passage "answers my call to bolster the essential work of federal law enforcement officials and improve their ability to partner with state, local, and tribal law enforcement."

The bill is funded in part by imposing higher fees on personnel companies that bring foreign workers into the United States.

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  1. Dragonfire

    I think you should let Arizona handled border security. They are certainly doing a better job at it than our woderful Gov't. If it wasn't for Arizona the Dems would be issuing all the illegals amnesty trying to secure votes.

    August 12, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. fryguy34

    Like this is going to make even a tiny difference? Protecting and defending the borders is a constitutional mandate. The fact that the Congress and the Administration do nothing but pay mere lip service to the largest invasion in the history of mankind (more than 15 million illegal Mexicans) smacks of treason. Start sending the bill to Mexico for all costs associated with their citizens illegally crossing our borders or just annex Mexico and be done with it.

    August 12, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Better start securing the Canadian border and our shores too, because they are desperate to get their drugs in here and addict as many citizens and kids as they can, while taking our money out of our economy.

    August 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Bob in PA

    More Dog & Pony show funding.

    August 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    "The measure has attracted strong Democratic and Republican support. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the plan last week, saying it would "add important, permanent resources to continue bolstering security on our Southwest border."

    Because, if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's hatin' on the Mexicans. That's what makes me proud to be a Real American. Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Mary Freeman

    WOW!! Seems to me like closing the gate after the horses are out.
    There are already 20 to 30 million illegals out the gate!! Since the Fed. Gov't does not ENFORCE our laws, what is the money for anyway??

    August 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. AJ

    Interesting. Do we think that there's a chance that the hysterical right will oppose this spending measure? Republicans and the teabaggers want no federal interference so why aren't the border states, who are mostly right-wing states, required to secure their own borders? Just another example of how the lunatics on the right are firmly against federal interference unless it enforces their agenda. Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of securing the border I just find it a bit dishonest that right-wingers always oppose any spending measure that will actually help people but for war and this type of thing believe that the American taxpayer is an ATM.

    August 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hey, I've got a great idea! let's build a big wall on the U.S./Mexican border. I bet we could do it real cheap by hiring illegal day laborers to construct it. Oh wait.... Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    About time.

    August 12, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. ConstitutionalPatriot

    wow they actually did something together and it was the right thing to do. Now if we can just change the 14th amendment to stop rewarding criminal behavior we can get on track to solving the illegal alien problem once and for all.

    August 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Big_D

    Obama and the Democrats did this. Isn't it nice to have people that do things other than complain and say no?

    August 12, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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