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Strengthening Immigration Reform: Amendment Passes To Ensure Border Fencing

May 9, 2013 | Comunicados de Prensa

“Amendment will promote effective deterrents against unlawful border crossings and ensure that border fencing is limited to the Southern border.” (Cornyn-Leahy Amendment)

CONCERN: While the immigration bill has been described as “the toughest immigration enforcement provisions ever seriously considered in Congress,” senators have said the details of the border fence requirements were not specific enough.

  • Senator Rand Paul: “In this bill I am worried, though, and this is similar to what Senator [Ron] Johnson said, that it says, well, you have to have a plan to build a fence, but you don’t have to build a fence.” (Senator Rand Paul Committee Hearing, 5/7/13)

HOW THE AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THE BILL: Senators were able to identify ways to make the border fence more specific. The Cornyn-Leahy Amendment – created with Rubio’s help – ensures that border fencing and other resources are deployed effectively across the southern border and at ports of entry by insisting that no less than one billion dollars be used to deploy, repair or replace border fencing.

All of the amendments submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary are available online for review here