Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In Brief: Immigration Reform and 24/7 Drones on the Border

If there was one thing it could be counted on to expect from the latest Immigration Reform effort, it's this: Congress was not going to hold back on the money for border security.  The Reform bill allocates $6.5 billion dollars for further militarization of the US border with Mexico, including provisions for 24/7 drone flights, improved radio and communication between law enforcement agencies, more horses and helicopters for the Border Patrol, new systems to track all workers and people leaving the country, and eventually a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States.  Whether or not the bills passes it can be expected that Republicans will continue to demand "security before amnesty" and the Democrats will proceed to oblige them.

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