A BUSY BOR­DER

Fund­ing and tech­nol­ogy for se­cu­rity along the south­ern bor­der have in­creased nearly ev­ery year for the past 15 and have been ef­fec­tive.

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - LIVING - By KURT SNIBBE South­ern Cal­i­for­nia News Group

On the ta­ble: The Demo­cratic-led House passed leg­is­la­tion Jan. 3, with five Repub­li­cans vot­ing in fa­vor, that would have de­voted $1.3 bil­lion for fenc­ing and more for bor­der se­cu­rity. The bill would have funded the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity at cur­rent spend­ing lev­els through Feb. 8. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­fused to sign it be­cause it did not in­clude fund­ing for miles of con­struc­tion

of a 30-foot-tall wall, which is at the heart of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment shut­down.

In­cluded in the House bill:

• More than $1.3 bil­lion for new fenc­ing in the Rio Grande Val­ley and fund­ing to re­place sec­ondary fenc­ing in the San Diego sec­tor and other ex­ist­ing pedes­trian fenc­ing.

• $366.5 mil­lion for bor­der se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy. • $7.7 mil­lion to hire 328 ad­di­tional U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers. • $224.6 mil­lion for “non­in­tru­sive In­spec­tion equip­ment” at ports of en­try. • $7.08 bil­lion for U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment.

Source: U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion

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