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Rep. Tiahrt (R-KS) calls for strong security measures at southern border

Rep. Todd Tiahrt

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Kansas Republican, with support from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA, introduced legislation on April 28 aimed at strengthening security along the southern and northern borders of the U.S.

The measure, H.R. 5173, known as the Secure the Border Act of 2010, would require installation of double re-enforced fencing along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, authorize advanced technologies along both the southern and northern borders, and increase funding for the Tunnel Task Force, said a press statement issued by Tiahrt’s office.

"The federal government has neglected its responsibility to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws," said Tiahrt.

"Current and past administrations are all responsible. It is vital for our national security and economic welfare that we shut down illegal entry into the United States and get serious about aggressive border protection.

“The federal government should learn a lesson from Arizona and start doing its job. If the administration had controlled the border, built the fence and enforced employment laws, the new Arizona law would not be necessary.

The Secure the Border Act is being supported by FAIR and NumbersUSA, two organization that support tougher security measures to reduce the level of illegal immigration.

Dan Stein, president of FAIR, said, "The Secure the Border Act demonstrates Congressman Tiahrt’s serious commitment to securing the borders and to the American people, who in poll after poll say they support increased border security as a solution to mass illegal immigration. His legislation clearly puts the priorities of Americans before those of special interests."

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA said, "It is imperative that we take serious steps toward securing our borders. That is exactly what Congressman Tiahrt’s Secure the Border Act does… We look forward to working with him toward making a real reduction in illegal immigration, including at the border itself."

According to Rep. Tiahrt, the legislation would specifically:

  • Install double re-enforced fencing along entire U.S.-Mexico border;
  • Require the installation of physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors along the entire border, covering all 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • If the double re-enforced fence is geographically impossible at a particular location, DHS has to provide Congress with effective alternatives. Congress has to affirmatively approve the alternatives before any substitute action is taken;
  • Authorize the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), satellites and other sensors for border surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and the U.S.-Canada border;
  • Provide a 100 percent increase in funding for the Tunnel Task Force, focused on the southern border.

Tiahrt is a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus and the newly-formed Reclaim American Jobs Caucus that works to protect American workers from what it sees as the “crippling economic effects of illegal immigration,” said Tiahrt in the statement.


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