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Deploying 20,000 more U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southwestern border as proposed in an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate would be "a huge waste of resources," according to former border agents, who say that money should be used to track down dangerous criminal aliens nationwide.
Spending $35 billion on new Border Patrol agents and fencing would keep tens of thousands of new illegal immigrants from crossing the border each year, but would still only stop between a third and half of future illegal immigration, according to the Congressional Budget Office's latest analysis released Wednesday.
Congress is in recess for its annual Fourth of July vacation, so the republic is safe for another week. Members of the House have ample time to reflect on the disastrous amnesty sent over by the Senate.
The National Border Patrol Council, the union for the agents charged with guarding the U.S.-Mexico border, says it has "serious concerns" about the way the new Senate bill handles security in the southwest — adding a major new critical voice to the immigration debate.
With the fates of their political parties — and in many cases their own re-elections — hanging on their votes, senators stood, one after the other, to say "Aye" or "No" on the most significant piece of legislation since health care. Most of them had their personal immigration experiences on their minds.
On Monday, 67 U.S. senators showed contempt for the American people, for the rule of law and for national security.
The border security deal senators struck this week does not call for 700 miles of new fencing, but rather for 700 miles in total — a figure the Homeland Security Department already claims it's near to completing.
Mere hours before members of the U.S. Senate are scheduled to take a key test vote on comprehensive immigration legislation, President Obama will host a group of business leaders at the White House Monday to spur the lawmakers on.
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.
Senators struck a deal Thursday to boost border security in the immigration bill, including building 700 miles of fence and adding 20,000 Border Patrol agents to the Southwest, in a move those on both sides say could clear the way for a bipartisan vote next week.
President Obama's nomination of Ernest Moniz for secretary of energy seemed at first to offer some promise for the hapless department.
Weary of waiting for President Obama to provide leadership and relief for fuel prices, Democrats and Republicans in Washington are boarding the bandwagon for the Keystone XL pipeline. Partisan politics stop at the gas pump.
President Obama has often used executive authority to get around Congress — and he has promised to continue that approach in his second term.
President Obama has often used executive authority to get around Congress. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to turn the tables.
President Obama rounded out his good-will tour with a third and final visit to Capitol Hill, telling Senate Republicans he would challenge Democrats on changes to entitlement programs if Republican members relent on raising taxes.
"DHS must build 700 miles of fencing. That is double the amount required in the underlying bill, which calls for 350 miles of fencing. So 700 miles of fencing — that compares to about 42 miles of fencing we have in place right now," said Sen. John Hoeven, chief sponsor of the new proposal.
Sen. John Hoeven, the North Dakota Republican who negotiated the border security amendment with fellow Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said he expects the added security will cost slightly more than $30 billion — with $25 billion of that going to hire and pay the new Border Patrol salaries.