Senator Isakson has brought up again his “border security first” plan to solve the illegal immigration problem. Here’s a clip from Sunday’s Georgia Gang discussing the proposal:
From Isakson’s weekly e-newsletter, below are some details of the Senator’s proposal. The full bill can be read here.
Those border security provisions that must be in place before a guest worker program can begin are spelled out in my bill and they include five main items:
* Manpower – authorizing 14,000 new full-time Border Patrol Agents as well as 2,500 new Port of Entry Inspectors and 250 new Deputy U.S. Marshals.
* Detention beds – authorizing detention facilities with an additional 20,000 detention beds to end the practice of “catch and release.”
* Barriers – authorize additional barriers such as fences, roads or underground sensors where appropriate.
* Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — authorize more than $450 million to acquire and maintain a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles with high-tech sensors and satellite communication to allow coverage on the border by an unmanned vehicle 24 hours a day.
* Biometric ID – establish a biometric secure identification card program so employers can verify an immigrants’ status.
What about this? Is this a good plan?