Thursday, September 14, 2006

House Republicans Keep Spotlight On Border Enforcement

U-S House Republicans seeking to get tough on illegal immigration plan a new vote tomorrow on a -border fence- proposal. The bill calls for building more than 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the nearly two-thousand-mile border with Mexico. The House approved the same amount of fencing when it passed its -enforcement-focused- immigration overhaul bill last December.An aide to House Majority Leader John Boehner says House leaders see fence construction as a border security issue that needs -- immediate attention. Democratic Congressman Silvestre Reyes of El Paso calls the proposal redundant. Reyes says it's another piecemeal border security measure that is full of empty rhetoric -- rather than sound policy. The Senate in May approved a broader immigration bill. The two chambers have yet to negotiate a comprehensive measure.