August 10, 2010
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Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Increase Border Security
House passes border security bill that adds border patrol agents
Washington – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to strengthen border security in a special session of the House. The Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act provides $600 million for border security activities along the U.S.-Mexico border, of which $176 million will be used to hire additional border patrol agents.
“Those of us in San Diego know all too well the importance of border security,” said Davis, who congressional district reaches to the border with Mexico. “This funding will add to technology, equipment and personnel being used for the ongoing battle of securing our border.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will get $80 million, $30 million of which is for reducing narcotics smuggling and associated violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The cost of the bill will be paid for by temporarily increasing the fees companies would pay when submitting applications for H-1B and L visas and by rescinding $100 million in previously enacted spending.
The House broke from its August recess to pass H.R. 5875 and other critical legislation. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.