Our vulnerable borders have threatened our security for too long and the Republican Congress won’t kick the can down the road any longer.  To address this pressing national security priority, I filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

The overwhelming majority of people who violate our borders do so in search of jobs, but not all. Some come across to deal drugs and commit crimes. Intelligence reports show that even al Qaeda considers our borders a key vulnerability. Without effective border surveillance, we can’t identify those looking for honest work from those bent on mayhem. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this bill is what is best for the American people.

Under the secure fence bill we will erect 700 miles of two-layered reinforced fencing along the southwest border with prioritized placement at critical, highly populated areas. Furthermore, the measure mandates that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) achieve and maintain operational control over the entire border through a “virtual fence