What's included in 'border surge' immigration amendment?
June 21st, 2013
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

What's included in 'border surge' immigration amendment?

(CNN) - On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise intended to ensure Senate passage of a major immigration reform bill with enough Republican support to persuade the GOP-controlled House to also take up the measure.

The bipartisan amendment would require 20,000 more border agents, completing 700 miles of fence along the boundary with Mexico, and deploying $3.2 billion in technology upgrades similar to equipment used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the jump, see a list of what specific resources will be deployed in each region along the border. The list was provided to CNN by the office of Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who helped write the measure.

ARIZONA (YUMA AND TUCSON SECTORS)

(i) 50 integrated fixed towers.
(ii) 73 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability), which include Remote Video Surveillance Systems.
(iii) 28 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(iv) 685 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(v) 22 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 3 integrated fixed towers.
(II) 41 fixed camera systems
(with relocation capability), which include Remote Video Surveillance Systems.
(III) 14 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(IV) 393 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(V) 83 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECK POINTS:

(I) 2 non-intrusive inspection systems, including fixed and mobile.
(II) 1 radiation portal monitor.
(III) 1 littoral detection and classification network

EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 66 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability), which include Remote Video Surveillance Systems.
(II) 18 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(III) 85 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(IV) 57 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(V) 2 sensor repeaters.
(VI) 2 communications repeaters.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 5 fiber-optic tank inspection scopes.
(II) 1 license plate reader.
(III) 1 backscatter.
(IV) 2 portable contraband detectors.
(V) 2 radiation isotope identification devices.
VI) 8 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(VII) 3 personal radiation detectors.
(VIII) 16 mobile automated targeting systems.

EL PASO, TEXAS

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 27 integrated fixed towers.
(II) 71 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability), which include Remote Video Surveillance Systems.
(III) 31 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems
(IV) 170 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(V) 24 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(VI) 1 communications repeater.
(VII) 1 sensor repeater.
(VIII) 2 camera refresh.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 4 non-intrusive inspection systems, including fixed and mobile.
(II) 23 fiber-optic tank inspection scopes.
(III) 1 portable contraband detectors.
(IV) 19 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(V) 1 real time radioscopy version 4.
(VI) 8 personal radiation detectors

BIG BEND, TEXAS

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 7 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability), which include remote video surveillance systems.
(II) 29 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(III) 1105 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(IV) 131 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(V) 1 mid-range camera refresh.
(VI) 1 improved surveillance capabilities for existing aerostat.
(VII) 27 sensor repeaters.
(VIII) 27 communications repeaters.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 7 fiber-optic tank inspection scopes.
(II) 3 license plate readers, including mobile, tactical, and fixed.
(III) 12 portable contraband detectors.
(IV) 7 radiation isotope identification devices.
(V) 12 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(VI) 254 personal radiation detectors.
(VII) 19 mobile automated targeting systems.

DEL RIO, TEXAS

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 3 integrated fixed towers.
(II) 74 fixed camera systems(with relocation capability), which include remote video surveillance systems.
(III) 47 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(IV) 868 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(V) 174 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(VI) 26 mobile/handheld inspection scopes and sensors for checkpoints.
(VII) 1 improved surveillance capabilities for existing aerostat.
(VIII) 21 sensor repeaters.
(IX) 21 communications repeaters.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 4 license plate readers, including mobile, tactical, and fixed.
(II) 13 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(III) 3 mobile automated targeting systems.
(IV) 6 land automated targeting systems.

LAREDO, TEXAS

BETWEEN THE PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 2 integrated fixed towers.
(II) 69 fixed camera systems (with relocation capability), which include remote video surveillance systems.
(III) 38 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(IV) 573 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(V) 124 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(VI) 38 sensor repeaters.
(VII) 38 communications repeaters.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 1 non-intrusive inspection system.
(II) 7 fiber-optic tank inspection scopes.
(III) 19 license plate readers, including mobile, tactical, and fixed.
(IV) 2 backscatter.
(V) 14 portable contraband detectors.
(VI) 2 radiation isotope identification devices.
(VII) 18 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(VIII) 16 personal radiation detectors.
(IX) 24 mobile automated targeting systems.
(X) 3 land automated targeting systems.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY

BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY:

(I) 1 integrated fixed towers.
(II) 87 fixed camera systems(with relocation capability), which include remote video surveillance systems.
(III) 27 mobile surveillance systems, which include mobile video surveillance systems, agent-portable surveillance systems, and mobile surveillance capability systems.
(IV) 716 unattended ground sensors, including seismic, imaging, and infrared.
(V) 205 handheld equipment devices, including handheld thermal imaging systems and night vision goggles.
(VI) 4 sensor repeaters.
(VII) 1 communications repeater.
(VIII) 2 camera refresh.

AT POINTS OF ENTRY, CHECKPOINTS:

(I) 1 mobile non-intrusive inspection system.
(II) 11 fiberoptic tank inspection scopes.
(III) 1 license plate reader.
(IV) 2 backscatter.
(V) 2 card reader system.
(VI) 8 portable contraband detectors.
(VII) 5 radiation isotope identification devices.
(VIII) 18 radiation isotope identification devices updates.
(IX) 135 personal radiation detectors.

AIR AND MARINE ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST BORDER:

(I) 4 unmanned aircraft systems.
(II) 6 VADER radar systems.
(III) 17 UH-1N helicopters.
(IV) 8 C-206H aircraft upgrades.
(V) 8 AS-350 light enforcement helicopters.
(VI) 10 Blackhawk helicopter 10 A-L conversions, 5 new Blackhawk M Model.
(VII) 30 marine vessels.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Tom

    I can hear it now...due to the sequester, we had to cut building the fence and we can only have 1,000 guards

    June 21, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Republicans began to sign on when they managed to get their amendments that would cost tax payers over $30 billion, in the package. Fiscal responsibility is not a strong suit of goppers.

    June 21, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I want the border secure as does the rest of the country. I'm just waiting to see how the right reacts when a border war breaks out as I'm sure it will. Any technology to detect underground activity such as tunnels?

    June 21, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    How about people that come from India and china on H1-B, J-1, L-1visas and overstaying here not going back reaping our benefits. First nab Hospitals that hire foreigner doctors with Medicare funding even we have plenty of PAs, NPs, and MDs. I think this immigration needs to be tightened and number of immigrations to be reduced.

    June 21, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. granny

    this Gov't wont enforce the laws we already have, anyone buying the senate is serious with this crap sandwich they are pushing? Don't do anything, fix the border first then talk to us about amnesty, and make no bones about it this whole deal is AMNESTY

    June 21, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    TD;DR version: GOP/Teatrolls demand $3.2B sloppy federal BJ for Haliburton and other defense contractors as the payoff for getting them to agree to immigration reform.

    Whatever. This makes it absolutely clear now. When it comes to "keep those brownies out of my country" the GOP/Teatroll position is quite clearly "spare no expense." When it comes to feeding and providing health care for the poor, elderly, veterans, disabled and minorities or allowing women to self-determine what to do with their own bodies, the only part that's "spare no expense" is the political campaigning to refuse to do it, obstruct attempts to do it and attenuate everyone's rights.

    June 21, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Lobelia

    No equipment for Maine? Vermont? Washington state?

    June 21, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. California

    Why do democrats want ZERO border security?

    June 21, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "No equipment for Maine? Vermont? Washington state?"

    Nah...Canada is a "white people country," so the GOP/Teatrolls aren't terribly concerned about it.

    June 21, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Lobelia

    No equipment for Maine? Vermont? Washington state?
    ---------

    Minnesota? North Dakota? Montana?

    June 21, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Congress has 14% support in the country.
    Does anyone think that they will help this problem?
    If they do it would be the first time.

    June 21, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. emskadittle

    got to love republicans idea of smaller government and just when illegal immigration is declining

    June 21, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. smith

    @Lobelia-Really? There isn`t a problem in the north and I believe you know that. Nice try with the race card.

    June 21, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. smith

    Liberals don`t want a secure border. They see voters which can keep them in power. Anything to stay in power, no matter the costs to the country and its people.

    June 21, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh Puleeeze!!!
    We're here and we're staying.
    No one appreciates the greatness and the opportunies of this great country quite like an immigrant.
    Truly.
    We love America.
    Go ahead and get to building a few more miles of your little useless fence.
    How do you intend to keep out the other immigrants, I wonder? Those from Canada, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia?
    Yeah.....
    If I had a hammer.......
    Are you going to build a fence around the

    June 21, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Are you going to build a fence around the sky?

    June 21, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lynda/Minnesota
    It's been a while my friend. I see they let you "in". Maybe if you acquired more monikers like the usual suspects..yes? lol!
    Wishing the best of weekends.
    Keep up the good fight!
    BAM!! Stay on a roll! Lol!

    June 21, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. smith

    Keep playing that race card libs...shows who the bigots really are.

    June 21, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. smith

    @DM4O-Stop drinking that kool-aid. no one is against immigration. people are against ILLEGAL immigration.

    June 21, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda I just read your post...yes it does seem that we ALL have a constant companion in tom l.
    I won't elaborate, but...
    @ Just a thought: I violated one of my "blogging" commandments in indulging tom l with a response.
    Thanks for reminding me to abstain (as much as I can!) from doing so!

    June 21, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Thomas

    We look like a prison state ,
    "Tear down this wall!" was the challenge issued by United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall.

    mexico needs to stop corruption.

    June 21, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Deception, of course. No border closure is actually planned, whatsoever.

    June 21, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. HenryMiller

    Whatever, but it still shouldn't ever give illegals the right to vote.

    June 21, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    I laughed all the way through this laundry list.

    Price is no object when it comes to keeping Democratic-voting Mexicans out of the country. The racism is so blatant that it apparently can't be mentioned in discussion about this bill.

    Well, whatever. Let the "tea party" pick their own strawberries. Let them eat strawberry shortcake!

    I wonder what extra provisions the House nutcases will want - GPS implants for Mexican immigrants? Get the popcorn and the coke zero ready.

    This is the most ludicrous major legislation in living memory, I think.

    June 21, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. A Kickin` Donkey

    America would have been better served with a $30B infrastructure repair bill. This immigration spending displays the complete lack of fiscal responsibility by the Republicans. They are not intellectual thinkers but rather brute force Neandethals. Building a longer, taller fense is not the solution. Towers & sensors are not the solution. People come here for certain reasons. The efforts taken to stop/control immigration need to be CENTERED around working / getting paid here and surviving/ living here.

    To come here, have immigrants do more than citizens. Give up DNA. Give up biometric data. Require weekly check ins via the internet [via phone, at the libraries] be able to track their regular weekly routine so that the authorities can round them up a day after their visa expires.

    June 21, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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