After five years of underfunding and neglect, Congressional Republicans and President Bush are now giving speech and speech about the importance of border security - but the question is: where have the Republicans been since 2001?
Time after time over the last five years, Democrats have offered amendments 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.
Five 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.