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Friday, July 14, 2006

KEY FACTS ON REPUBLICAN/BUSH RECORD ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION

Today, Majority Leader Boehner and other top Republicans announced additional hearings in July on border security and immigration enforcement.

These sham hearings won't fool the American public. Republicans can't run away from their record of failure on border security and immigration enforcement.

Seven times over the last four and a half years, House Democrats have attempted to offer amendments on the House Floor to enhance border security resources. If these Democratic amendments had been adopted, there would be 6,600 more Border Patrol agents, 14,000 more detention beds, and 2,700 more immigration agents along our borders than now exist. Each time, these efforts have been rejected by the Republican majority.

***Who do we have to thank for this? J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)! He wouldn't allow it to come to the floor of the House!


SINCE 9/11, REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED REPEATEDLY AGAINST STRENGTHENING BORDER SECURITY

Since 9/11. Democrats have been highlighting the lack of border security and trying to enhance federal resources targeted at improving border security---but we haven't been getting any help from Republicans.

By not funding adequate border security resources, the Republican majority has also been breaking the promises they made in the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act that was enacted in December 2004.

In the 9/11 Act of 2004, the Republican Congress promised to provide 2,000 additional Border Patrol agents, 8,000 additional detention beds and 800 addititional immigration agents per year from FY 2006 through FY 2010. And yet, over the last two years, Republicans have broken this promise.

Republicans are currently 800 Border Patrol agents, 5,000 detention beds, and nearly 500 immigration agents short of the promises they made in the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act of 2004.


PERFORMANCE ON BORDER RESOURCES AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT HAS FALLEN UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

From 1993-2000, the Clinton Administration added, on average, 642 new Border Patrol agents per year. Despite the fact that 9/11 highlighted the heightened need for border security, in its first five years, the Bush Administration added, on average, only 411 new Border Patrol agents.

Between 1999 and 2004, worksite immigration enforcement operations against companies were scaled back 99 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Department of Homeland Security. In 1999, the United States initiated fines against 417 companies. In 2004, it issued fine notices to only three.

The Bush Administration also has a worse record than the Clinton Administration on pursuing immigration fraud cases. In 1995, 6,455 immigration fraud cases were completed. And yet, in 2003, only 1,389 - or 78 percent fewer - immigration fraud cases were completed.

The Bush Administration has said that, in its first five years, it caught and returned 6 million undocumented individuals---this is actually a drop from any five-year period during the Clinton Administration.

AS ENFORCEMENT SHRINKS, GOP VOTES AGAINST BORDER SECURITY!


REPUBLICAN RECORD ON BORDER SECURITY

In recent months, the American public has been focusing on the lack of security we have on the nation's borders. Four and a half years after 9/11, it is clear that our borders remain alarmingly porous and that much needs to be done to truly make our borders secure.

The fact that our border is porous is not the fault of our hard-working Border Patrol agents and Customs and Immigration agents, who are doing the best they can with the staffing levels and resources that they have been provided. Rather, it is the result of the neglect and underfunding of border security over the last four and a half years by the Bush Administration and Congressional Republicans---who have failed to provide our border security agencies the resources and personnel they need to succeed in their mission.

Indeed, under this Administration and this Republican-led Congress, from 9/11 through April 2006, only 1,641 new Border Patrol agents have been hired---which is less than a 17 percent increase in four and a half years.

Furthermore, border enforcement and immigration enforcement have fallen drastically under the Bush Administration. For example, between 1999 and 2004, worksite immigration enforcement operations against companies were scaled back 99 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Department of Homeland Security. In 1999, the United States initiated fines against 417 companies. In 2004, it issued fine notices to tonly three.

Suddenly, after years of neglect, Congressional Republicans and President Bush are giving speech after speech about the importance of border security---but the question remains: Where have the Republicans been for the past four and a half years?

Typical of what Republicans are now saying about border security is the following:

"The most important priority for the American people is securing our borders," which Majority Leader Boehner stated on May 15. Unfortunately, the Republican rhetoric doesn't match the Republican record of neglect and underfunding.

Over the past four and a half years, Democrats have been attempting to highlight the serious security gaps that exist along our southern and northern borders---and have been attempting to get the GOP-controlled Congress to focus on targeting resources on unfilled gaps.

But, as the record shows, the Republican record is a record of voting time after time against efforts to enhance border security and provide our borders the agents, equipment, and state-of-the-art technology that our borders so desperately need.

Following is an overview of some of the key votes on border security since 9/11.

2001 Vote #454 - 11/28/2001 - H.R. 3338, FY 2002 Defense Appropriations Emergency Supplemental

Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $223M for border security---to help meet the promises in the 2001 PATRIOT ACT on border staffing and to build needed border facilities. After 9/11, experts recognized that the porousness of the northern border represented a major security threat to the United States. And everyone remembered the attempt by an Islamic extremist to get a large amount of explosives across the Canadian border in December 1999 to blow up the Los Angeles Airport in the Millenium bombing plot. Recognizing these concerns, Congress included a provision in the PATRIOT ACT mandating the tripling of the number of border agents and inspectors along the northern border. This amendment included $145M to make a down payment on the promise of Congress in the PATRIOT ACT to triple northern border personnel, which the bill failed to do, and to purchase surveillance equipment. The amendment also included $78M for the highest priority facility needs of the Border Patrol and other parts of the INS---particularly the Border Patrol's detention facility needs.
2003 Vote #301 - 6/24/2003 - H.R. 2555, FY 2004 Homeland Security
Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $300M for border security, including making a further down payment on the promise of Congress in the 2001 PATRIOT ACT to triple the number of border agents and inspectors along the northern border. The amendment was critically needed because the level of northern border personnel funded in the Republican bill was about 30 percent below the commitment made in the PATRIOT Act.
2003 Vote #305 - 6/24/2003 - H.R. 2555, FY 2004 Homeland Security
This vote was regarding the same amendment as 2003 Vote #301 above. On a vote on appealing the ruling of the chair, Republicans ance again voted AGAINST consideration of this amendment that would have added $300M for enhancing border security, including adding border agents and inspectors along the northern border.
2004 Vote #243 - 6/16/2004 - H.R. 4567, FY 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations
Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $750M for border security---to help meet the promises in the PATRIOT Act on border staffing, better monitor our borders and deploy radiation portal monitors. Under The GOP bill, the level of northern border patrol personnel funded was still about 30% below the commitment made in the PATRIOT Act - so the amendment was designed to help Congress keep its promise. The $750M would also have been used for giving border patrol more of the equipment they critically needed - including air stations for air patrols, radiation portal monitors, and state-of-the-art surveillance equipment.
2005 Vote #160 - 5/5/2005 - H.R. 1268, FY 2005 Supplemental Appropriation Conference Report
Republicans voted AGAINST a motion to send the report back to conference with instructions to add $284M for border security measures - that would bring funding for border security in the conference report up to the level in the Senate-passed bill. The $284M included the funding for 550 additional Border Patrol agents and 200 additional immigration agents that was included in the Senate bill. It also included the funding in the Senate bill for unmanned border aerial vehicles, which have been used successfully in Arizona to assist in surveillance.


FOR FY 2006 AND FY 2007, REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY BROKEN THE PROMISES THEY MADE ON BORDER SECURITY IN THE INTELLIGENCE REFORM (9/11) ACT OF 2004

In December 2004, the Congress enacted the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act (PL 108-458). One of the key commitments Congress made in the Act was to beef up border security measures. This included the specific promise of providing 2,000 additional Border Patrol agents, 800 additional immigration agents, and 8,000 additional detention beds per year from FY 2006 through FY 2010. And yet, both for FY 2006 and FY 2007, the Republican Congress has repeatedly voted against efforts to meet this mandate, as seen below.

2005 Vote #174 - May 17, 2005 - H.R. 2360, FY 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations

Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $400M for border security, to meet the promises Congress made on additional Border Patrol agents, immigration agents, and detention beds in the 9/11 Act. First. the President's budget for 2006 broke the promise of the 9/11 Act by providing funding for only 210 new Border Patrol agents in 2006 - 1,790 below the number promised. The Republican appropriations bill was better than the President's budget, funding 1,000 new agents---but this was still 1,000 agents short of the promise made in the 9/11 Act. The Republican bill also broke the promises on immigration agents and detention beds. This amendment was designed to live up to the commitment of the 9/11 Act. It added funding for Border Patrol agents, and also funding for the 600 additional immigration agents to get to the promised and added funding for 4,000 additional detention beds to get the 8,000 promised.
2005 Vote #187 - 5/18/2005 - H.R. 1817, FY 2006 Homeland Security Authorization
Republicans voted AGAINST a Democratic substitute to the Homeland Security Authorization bill that was designed to fulfill the promises in the 9/11 Act. For example, The Democratic substitute included a full authorization for funding a total of 800 additional immigration agents for 2006 promised in the 9/11 Act and a full authorization for funding a total of 8,000 additional detention beds for 2006 promised in the 9/11 Act.
2005 Vote #188 - 5/18/2005 - H.R. 1817, FY 2006 Homeland Security Authorization
Similarily, Republicans voted AGAINST a motion to recommit the Homeland Security Authorization bill with instructions to report it back immediately with instructions to add 15 mandates from the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act that had not been included in the Republican bill, including full authorization for funding a total of 800 additional immigration agents for 2006 and full authorization for funding a total of 8,00 additional detention beds for 2006.
2006 Vote #56 3/16/2006 - H.R. 4939, FY 2006 Supplemental Appropriations
Republicans defeated an amendment to H.R. 4939, FY 2006 Supplemental Appropriations, offered by Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN), which would have added $600M for border security measures to the bill. The $600M included $400M for installation of 1,500 radiation portal monitors at locations along the border and $200M for additional air patrols and other aviation assets at our land borders.
2006 Vote #210 -5/25/2006 - H.R. 5441, FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations
Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $2.1B for border security, including $1.5B to meet the promises Congress made on additional Border Patrol agents, immigration agents, and detention beds in the 9/11 Act. The Republican Congress has failed to meet these mandates for both 2006 and 2007. This amendment provided enough funding to address the cumulative shortfalls that have resulted from underfunding in both 2006 and 2007. For example, on Border Patrol agents, the Republican Congress had funded only 10,000 additional agents for 2006 and was funding only 1,200 additional agents for 2007---leaving Congress 1,800 agents short of what it had promised in the 9/11 Act. Hence, the amendment provided funding for these 1,800 additional agents. Similarily, the amendment also funded the nearly 500 additional agents and 9,000 additional detention beds beyond those in the bill that were promised by the 9/11 Act. The amendment also included $610M to further increase border detection capabilities, including funding more radiation portal monitors along the borders and providing additional air patrols along the borders.

***If the Republicans are telling you that they are the ones to vote for if you want to be safe, you need to ask yourself one simple question: WHY WOULD THEY VOTE AGAINST ALL OF THIS BORDER SECURITY THAT WOULD MAKE US SAFER?

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