"We need more fencing — secure fencing; we need more electronic equipment, drones, surveillance cameras," Brewer said. "I think we need more boots on the ground. I think they should be closer to the border and away from the border."
Lawmakers debated the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday.
The legislation gives a provisional legal status to more than 11 million immigrants currently living in the country illegally but only after a series of steps are taken to secure the border between the United States and Mexico. The criteria for a "secure border" under the bill include a 90 percent success rate for stopping illegal border crossings in high-risk locations. Those areas would also have improved surveillance under the bill.
Like Brewer, Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsICE chief faces rowdy crowd at Calif. forum Letters: Why is FDA favoring real cigarettes over fake ones? Overnight Cybersecurity: First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself | DHS misses cyber strategy deadline | Dems push for fix to cellphone security flaw MORE (R-Ala.) has argued that the immigration bill proposal does not do enough to improve border security.
In a recent interview on conservative host Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Sessions said the bill "only requires that [Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano] to, within six months — now this is after everybody’s been legalized, after, in effect, the amnesty has commenced — that she would submit a report on fencing, and a fencing plan."