Sen. Jim DeMint
Sen. Jim DeMint

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On July 8, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that requires the completion of 700-miles of fencing along the southwest border. The amendment passed by a 54-to-44 roll call vote.

The amendment was added to the 2010 Homeland Security spending bill and requires the completion of the fence by the end of the 2010 calendar year.

“The American people were promised a secure border fence three years ago and it’s time to make it happen,” said Senator DeMint. “Our southern border has become a battleground for illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human trafficking, and it’s vulnerable to terrorists. Unfortunately, our government has dragged its feet for years and tried to use untested and unsecure ‘virtual’ fencing instead of actual, physical fencing. Our first priority must be national security, and we can only achieve that goal with secure borders. I’m pleased with the strong bipartisan vote in favor of a finishing a real border fence next year. I will work to ensure no one cuts or weakens this important provision in conference.”

The amendment also call for a report from the Department of Homeland Security by September 30, 2009 to show progress made and the plans to complete the fence.

Updated: Thu, Apr 8th 2010 @ 10:50am EDT