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:
- 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.
After the passage of the law, the Department of Homeland Security delayed the construction process and ultimately the bill was gutted. Eighteen months after the act was passed only fifteen miles of fence was constructed along the southern border with Mexico.
In an amendment to the bill authored by senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2007, the following clause was introduced: "nothing in this paragraph shall require the Secretary of Homeland Security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors in a particular location along an international border of the United States, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location"
- [https://books.google.com/books?id=W-D35f9c0aUC&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200 United States Code, 2006, Supplement 1, January 4, 2007 to January 8, 2008], actual text of the amendment
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