Secure Fence Act of 2006

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The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061 PCS) was a bill passed by the 109th Congress and signed by the President George W. Bush in an attempt to secure the United States' southern border through physical means, including by building a border fence.

The act included the following provisions:[1]

  • Authorizes the construction of almost 700 miles of additional fencing along the 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.

Although the Act was passed and signed into law in October 2006, The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the construction process. Eighteen months after the act was passed only fifteen miles of fence was constructed along the southern border with Mexico.[2]

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