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New Immigration Policy: Secure Fence Act

President Bush signed this Act on October 26, 2006.

The new immigration policy called the Secure Fence Act is meant to secure the border of the United States and is a part of the United States’ upcoming Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill.In President George W. Bush’s own words, the Secure Fence Act, “will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.” President George W. Bush, 10/26/06.This new immigration policy:
  • Allows the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the US Southern border.
  • Permits more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting to help prevent people from entering the United States illegally,
  • Authorizes the US Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce the infrastructure at the border.
To implement and enforce the above strategies for securing the border, since President Bush took office, the following has occurred:
  • Funding for border security has more than doubled (from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion this year).
  • Increased the number of Border Patrol agents, from about 9,000 to more than 12,000. By the end of 2008, there is expected to be about 24,000 Border Patrol agents working for the US Department of Homeland Security.
  • Thousands of National Guard members who have been deployed to assist the Border Patrol agents.
  • Technology at the borders has been upgraded and infrastructure has been added, including new fencing and vehicle barriers.
  • More than 6 MILLION people entering America illegally have been arrested and sent home.
  • Thousands of new beds are being added to the immigration detention centers.

What does this new immigration policy mean to you?

That there is hope coming for illegal immigrants. AND that you should be extremely careful in deciding whom to take immigration legal advice from. ALWAYS seek out legal advice from an immigration attorney who is barred and licensed to practice and primarily focuses on immigration law; that way you are comfortable knowing that he or she is up to date with current immigration policy.

That way, you will be guaranteed to have someone representing you who is an expert on immigration laws and is constantly up to date with the numerous changes in this field.

Be informed. Knowledge is power!



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