Immigration Bill to Require 100% Surveillance of U.S.-Mexican Border

Advanced surveillance technology would play a major role in the plan
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An immigration reform bill that would appropriate $3.5 billion to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security so it can devise a plan to enhance security along the border with Mexico that includes requiring 100 percent surveillance of that border, will probably not be made public until at least April 15. The bipartisan-group of U.S. senators drafting the bill was expected to make public the proposed legislation on April 11, but they have delayed issuing the document.
When the bill is introduced, it is expected to be fast-tracked in the Democratically-controlled Senate, where the bill is likely to receive a single hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee before advancing to the Senate floor for a vote by the end of May, according to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
Menendez is a member of the group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” who are working on the bill. The other senators are Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
If the bill passes, DHS will be directed to place the entire border with Mexico under 24-hour surveillance. DHS will have six months from the passage of the bill to devise a surveillance plan, of which advanced surveillance technology—including unmanned aerial vehicles—would play a major role. The reason increased security along the U.S. border with Mexico is so important to the bill, is it is needed to secure support for the bill’s other provisions, including modernizing the legal-immigration system and a legalization process for current illegal immigrants.
The legalization process hinges on the surveillance provisions because 10 years after the enhanced security programs have been implemented and there is proof the border-security measures have been successful, the immigrants who had been in the country illegally and who voluntarily surrendered, will be permitted to apply for permanent resident status and eventually citizenship, according to the bill.
In addition, a bipartisan group from the Republican-led House of Representatives is working on an immigration reform bill, but there is no information on when that proposal would be complete.