Today, Dr. Coburn and eight other U.S. Senators wrote a letter to President Bush urging him to fulfill the border security provisions listed in the Senate immigration bill (S.1348) whether the legislation passes or not.
The bill requires:
- 18,000 agents border patrol agents;
- 200 miles of vehicle barriers, 370 miles of fencing, and 70 ground-based radar and camera towers, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles;
- End “catch and release” and provide ICE 27,500 beds for immigration detainees;
- Secure identification documents with photo and biometric information and operational employment verification system to determine work eligibility.
Each border security trigger in the bill can be implemented under current law without any need for new legislation from Congress.
The senators wrote, "... Securing the border is the best way to restore trust with the American people and facilitate future improvements of our immigration policy."