Senators Agree to 'Border Surge,' 700-Mile Fence
Security concessions could open door for more GOP support
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
A man walks along the Mexico side of the old border fence as the newer fence sits in the distance, Jan. 29, 2013, in Tijuana, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – How do you get Republicans to sign onto an immigration bill? You build a danged fence—a lot of danged fence. A bipartisan group of senators has agreed to bolster the border security provisions in the Senate's immigration reform bill, in the hopes of winning over more GOP votes, sources tell NBC News. The deal would double the size of the border patrol and mandate 700 miles of border fencing, in what the senators are terming a "border surge."

Republicans John Hoeven and Bob Corker negotiated the deal with Gang of 8 members Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham. "What we're trying to do is put in place measures that to any reasonable person would be an overwhelming effort to secure our border short of shooting anybody who comes across," Graham told reporters yesterday.

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Jun 23, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
lets sequester $50,000,000,000 from the american people and close down parks, monuments, government services to the people, and lets spend $30,000,000,000 building a fence and hire 40,000 more military/police agents. for a problem that does not exist. All records show a net 0 border crossing. Bye Bye American Pie........
Jun 22, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
Looks like our Congress is the new East Berlin -- just build a wall and our problems will be over. And most of us thought Communism was pretty much dead!
Jun 21, 2013 3:40 PM CDT
Some interesting facts I didn't know: - The border with Mexico is 1825 miles long - There are 129 miles along the border where the border patrol can "deter or detect and apprehend illegal entries" - There are 744 miles where the Border Patrol says it has the capability to deter or detect and apprehend illegal entrants after they have entered the county and penetrated U.S. territory to “distances of up to 100 miles or more away from the immediate border.” - There are 1081 miles of border where the border patrol has no way to deter or detect illegal entry.