Senator Jim DeMint has introduced an amendment to the Financial Reform Bill that would require a fence along the border of the U.S. and Mexico be completed within one year. “What we’re talking about, and what was actually passed in the law a few years ago is a 700-miles of double-layer fencing, which allows the patrol vehicles to go between them. They have motion detectors of people who get over the fence, and get between them, we would know they were there. And, the areas where they have completed a double-layer fence, it’s dried up illegal immigration,” says DeMint.
DeMint’s amendment follows a promise by Congress four years ago to secure the border under the Secure Fence Act of 2006. The amendment was approved by the Senate last year in a bipartisan vote, but Democrat leaders shut it down “behind closed doors,” according to DeMint.
“I’ve talked to Senator Kyle from Arizona, and there’s about a 30-mile section there that has been completed. They don’t have problems with illegals going there, but they go around the fence. By law we are suppose to have 700 miles of that in sections where it is easy for pedestrians to cross. All the analysists who have looked at this said if we can get about a 700-mile for this fencing, that it makes it easier for the border guards themselves to pick up the rest of it,” says DeMint.
DeMint says they need to protect the legal citizens first.
“America continues to be a place where folks from all over the world would like to come here to work, and I want to make sure it stays that way. But, I do think we have to take care of those who are here already, particularly in times of unemployment, open borders. People are taking American jobs. We need to have citizenship track for people who come here legally, and I said legally, not illegally. But, it needs to be one that brings people into our culture in a way that makes them fellow Americans,” says DeMint.
If DeMint’s amendment is passed, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will have six months after the enactment of the law, to submit a report to Congress and twelve months to announce her plans for completing the fence.