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Fact Sheet: The Secure Fence Act of 2006 White House News En Español President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act In Focus: Homeland Security"This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will makeour borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigrationreform." - President George W. Bush, 10/26/06 Today, President Bush Signed The Secure Fence Act - An Important StepForward In Our Nation's Efforts To Control Our Borders And Reform OurImmigration System. Earlier this year, the President laid out astrategy for comprehensive immigration reform.The Secure Fence Act isone part of this reform, and the President will work with Congress tofinish the job and pass the remaining elements of this strategy. The Secure Fence Act Builds On Progress Securing The Border By Making Wise Use Of Physical Barriers And Deploying 21st CenturyTechnology, We Can Help Our Border Patrol Agents Do Their Job And MakeOur Border More Secure. The Secure Fence Act: Authorizes the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along our Southern border; Authorizes more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting to help prevent people from entering our country illegally; Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce our infrastructure at the border. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Begins With Securing The Border. SincePresident Bush took office, we have: More than doubled funding for border security - 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 - and by the end of 2008, we will have doubled the number of Border Patrol agents since the President took office; Deployed thousands of National Guard members to assist the Border Patrol; Upgraded technology at our borders and added infrastructure, including new fencing and vehicle barriers; Apprehended and sent home more than 6 million people entering America illegally; and We are adding thousands of new beds in our detention facilities, so we can continue working to end "catch and release" at our Southern border. This Act Is One Part Of Our Effort To Reform Our Immigration System, AndWe Have More Work To DoComprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Enforce OurImmigration Laws Inside America. It is against the law to knowinglyhire illegal workers, so the Administration has stepped up worksiteenforcement. Many businesses want to obey the law, but cannot verifythe legal status of their employees because of the widespread problem ofdocument fraud, so the President has also called on Congress to create abetter system for verifying documents and work eligibility.Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Reduce The Pressure OnOur Border By Creating A Lawful Path For Foreign Workers To Enter OurCountry On A Temporary Basis. A temporary worker program would meet theneeds of our economy, reduce the appeal of human smugglers, make it lesslikely that people would risk their lives to cross the border, and easethe financial burden on State and local governments by replacing illegalworkers with lawful taxpayers.Above all, a temporary worker programwould add to our security by making certain we know who is in ourcountry and why they are here.Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Face The Reality ThatMillions Of Illegal Immigrants Are Here Already. The President opposesamnesty but believes there is a rational middle ground between grantingan automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant and aprogram of mass deportation. Illegal immigrants who have roots in ourcountry and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty forbreaking the law, pay their taxes, learn English, work in a job for anumber of years, and wait in line behind those who played by the rulesand followed the law.Comprehensive Immigration Reform Requires That We Honor The Grea


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