GOP Wants Plan to Stop Every Illegal Immigrant

They want more fencing, agents, and drones as part of 5-year strategy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2011 2:40 PM CDT
Illegal Immigration: Republicans Want More Border Fencing, Drones, Agents
A US border patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Yuma, Arizona, as seen from the outskirts of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, Wednesday, July 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

Congressional Republicans are working on a hardline anti-immigration bill that would call for more border fencing, more sensors, more border patrol agents, and aerial drones in an all-out attempt to prevent all illegal entry into the country. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, the LA Times observes, so the measure is likely a political maneuver to revive immigration as a 2012 election issue.

“Congress needs to reflect the political will of the majority of the American people, which is to secure our borders,” says Candice Miller, the Michigan rep who wrote the bill. The legislation, which has 11 co-sponsors so far, calls on Homeland Security to form a five-year plan to reduce illegal immigration essentially to zero. But many experts doubt that's possible. "Members of Congress may want to pour concrete from sea to shining sea," says one professor specializing in immigration, "but it is simply not realistic." (More illegal immigration stories.)

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