Obama Approves $600 Million for Border Security
Friday, August 13, 2010
President Barack Obama signed a $600 million border security bill into law that will put more agents and equipment along the U.S. - Mexico border.
The Associated Press reports the measure will fund the deployment of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents at critical border locations as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The new law will also pay for new communication and surveillance equipment.
Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona says the legislation is a start, but is not sufficient. Arizona has been at the heart of the immigration debate since it passed Senate Bill 1070 in April requiring law enforcement officers to be more aggressive in seeking out undocumented immigrants.