John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee are trying to write in some kind of figleaf border security legislation into the Amnesty/Immigration Surge bill. I'm listening to Rush Limbaugh now, and he's pointing out that a 700-mile fence bill was passed in 2006. 36 miles have been built:
Immigration agents say border security deal not good enough
By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
June 20, 2013 "
Republican senators are nearing agreement on a border security amendment they hope can win over wavering votes on the immigration bill, but the head of the immigration agents’ union sent a letter to the two key senators Thursday warning that a narrow focus on border security will still leave the U.S. vulnerable.
Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which represents ICE agents and officers, said the key to halting another future wave of illegal immigration is boosting interior enforcement — something he says is getting lost in the debate.
“I am eager to discuss with your offices the interior enforcement authorities and resources needed by ICE to ensure a lawful immigration system in the future,” Mr. Crane wrote in the letter, obtained by The Washington Times. “Without such reforms, any immigration plan is destined to fail and any proposed amendment to fix the bill is not a fix at all.”
GOP Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee have been leading a group trying to write stiffer border security provisions to add to the Senate bill. Late Wednesday, they told reporters they were close to a deal.[More]