August 10th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
11 years ago

House passes $600 million border security bill

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives approved $600 million in emergency funding Tuesday to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measure, which passed in a voice vote, will now advance to the Senate for final congressional approval before being signed into law by President Obama.

Senators passed a similar plan last week.

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. 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."

"These assets are critical to bringing additional capabilities to crack down on transnational criminal organizations and reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency and weapons," she said.

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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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Gary

    pass the dream bill

    August 10, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Because illegal aliens are responsible for everything that is wrong with this country.... Can you say, "scapegoating?" I knew that you could. Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. byron

    keep wasting your money on fences... drugs will still be sniffed by Americans anyways. But not to worry, Mexico will legalize them soon! woohoo!

    August 10, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. jim

    You can spend any amount of money you want in order to claim you're serious about border security but it will mean nothing if you don't back it up with real actions,You need to put armed troops down there with orders to shoot to kill and back them up with legal protection.

    August 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Mike

    What happened to all the concern about our outrageous governement spending?

    August 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. diridi

    Catch who hire illegals, and non-citizens....and prison them...

    August 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    So the GOP is ok passing this as an "emergency bill", meaning it's ok to add this to the defecit, but they didn't want to file an "emergency bill" for the unemployed?

    August 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Rush is a giant birthbag.

    Rush wont like it,it might help.

    August 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The securty along the border is better than what it was under the Bush administration. I think this is a waste of taxpayer money. I'm sure Gov. Perry is happy.

    August 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Dar

    Looks like Arizonia woke up someone didn't they?

    August 10, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Won't do a thing. Until the Republicans wake-up from their fantasy that securing the border is's useless. Maybe U.S. companies should stop hiring the illegals in the first place. Even if they did, they would simply outsource more American jobs to sweatshops in Commie China or India.

    August 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Marcus

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

    I really would like to see it happening...

    August 10, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. TC, Fl moderate

    To become a legal 'resident alien' (green card) I had fingerprints taken and was tested for TB, etc.

    A guest worker program can do the same.

    August 10, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Capt. Snarky

    Hey, Randolph – Illegals may not be responsible for all our problems, but they sure are a burden on our .GOV and state financial situations, aren't they?

    If they want to come here to work and better their lives, fine. Just so they do it via our LEGALLY proscribed process. Otherwise, screw 'em.......

    August 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    Now that Obama has been embarassed, something will be done. Good way to run a country!

    August 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Naqib

    Too little too late...
    Pandering now will not help... you should have cared about the problem long ago...

    August 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Miss Me

    You just have to thank these noisy conservatives. One more long-term problem brought to the forefront by suddenly-motivated "real" Americans and this President and this Administration and this Congress are going to step up to the plate and take some action and walk away with the credit for acknowledging and addressing what is and has been a very serious and growing problem (drugs and human trafficing) for at least 25 years (at least 25 yrs, and probably even longer than that). Conservatives keep on keepin' on – you bring up the probems and the Dems will keep working on ways to address them.

    August 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Erik S.

    Enforce the laws already in the books.

    August 10, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Ancient Texan

    Hmmm. I thought Janet said the border is in better shape than it's ever been. So she and Obama finally noticed the polls that show the American people heavily in favor of the Arizona law and decided to do a little smoke and mirrors show.

    August 10, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Gov. Brewer will still be ugly and a loud-mouth. Nothing will change her hate for our brown president.

    August 10, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. skorpeo

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

    The other part should be funded by imposing higher fees on companies that outsource jobs to other countries.

    August 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. BeverlyNC

    What a waste of money!

    Republicans are playing politics instead of doing any real work. Where has John McCain and John Kyl been in solving AZ's illegal problems in the past decades? Where has John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchinson been in solving TX border problems in the past decades? They held the Majority in both Houses for almost a decade and refused to consider ANY immigration reform.
    Of course they don't want you to know that President Reagan gave total amnesty to over 10M illegal aliens, George Sr also gave amnesty to 2M illegal aliens, and John McCain even wrote an AMNESTY bill in 2007 that he now pretends to know nothing about.
    Republicans don't want immigration reform and this whole 14th amendment garbage is just a political distraction. They know full well that 2/3 of the state legislatures are NOT going to rip up our Consitution. It is a smokescreen to hide their failures.
    Republicans don't want immigration reform also because it gives their business buddies access to cheap slave labor and so they can cheat the govt out of employer taxes on these illegals.
    We need to prosecute law-breaking employers and Congress needs to finish up a solid immigration reform bill that President Obama already said needs penalities for illegals, payment of back taxes, learning to speak English, and getting in line to become a citizen.
    Republicans won't even let it come up for discussion in Congress, They want to create a fake national drama that is actually their own failure to act and uphold the law.
    Elect more Democrats and we will get a common sense reform bill passed and we will hold the true lawbreakers accountable – the employers of illegals.
    Wake up America – Republicans are nothing but liars, corporation-protectors, haters of working Americans, haters of all non-whites (like our President) and only work for the white rich elite class who use illegals to maintain their estates, clean their mansions, clean their pools, and raise their children, Whatever would they do if they actually had to do some real work????

    August 10, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Anne

    Pathetic that this article appears below an article about Republicans blocking education funding. I guess we'll need to protect the border from illegal immigrants when our schools are underfunded. The American job force will be so uneducated, they will be on the same level as the illiterate Spanish speakers.

    August 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Please

    Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but... August 10th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

    Because illegal aliens are responsible for everything that is wrong with this country.... Can you say, "scapegoating?" I knew that you could. Have a nice day!

    Couldn't agree more. I wish Arizona's law was never challenged. After they got rid of the illegals and were in a worst situation, I was wondering who they would blame then.

    August 10, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |