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2010 Border Security Bill (HR 6080)
The Border Security Bill (H.R. 6080) was a bill passed in the 111 Session of Congress appropriating $600 million to bolster border security, specifically with Mexico. The money will be used to hire new Federal Agents, Judges, Courts and other various Agencies.
On August 5, 2010, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) authored a bill (S. 3721) making emergency supplemental appropriations in the amount of $600 million for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. Due to some constitutional hurdles, the bill was sent to the House of Representatives for amendment. On August 9, 2010 U.S. Rep. David E. Price (D-NC) introduced bill (H.R. 6080) and it was passed and sent to the White House for the President's signature. On August 13, 2010 President Obama signed the bill into law.
The bill was seen as a rallying cry for those states that have seen spending skyrocket dealing with illegal immigrants and the drug/human trafficing costs that accompany it.
However critics argue that the bill lacks teeth and the money is better spent elsewhere. This point is not without merit as both Republicans and Democrats have conceded that something needed to be done in order to help facilitate the stalled negotiations between the parties regarding illigeal immigration.
Neverthteless, the bill was seen as a victory by both houses of Congress. Since the inception of the Senate recess for the summer which began in 1970, U.S. Senators have only been asked to reconvene by the Speaker once before in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. Late in the summer of 2010, U.S. Senators reconvened again to pass legislation which would help beef up border security. Rep. Price released a statement on his website applauding the Senate for reconvening to help pass this important piece of legislation.
To help fund the program the bill, there will be increases for the L-Visa nonimmigrant filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee by $2,250 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50% of the applicant's employees are L-visa or H-1b visa nonimmigrant's. In addition, there will be an increase in the H-1b visa application filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee by $2,000 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50% of the applicant's employees are H-1b or L visa nonimmigrant's.
It remains to be seen just how effective this bill will be at stopping the systemic flow of illegal aliens into the United States.
- ↑ http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR06080:@@@L&amp;summ2=m&amp;
- ↑ http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:SN03721:@@@L&amp;summ2=m&amp;
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