Saturday, April 22, 2006

Congress to Beef Border Security

It's about time, from the Washington Times:

The Senate again will take up immigration-reform legislation in the coming weeks with an eye toward at least beefing up border security before the fall elections. Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, set a new deadline of Memorial Day to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, Senate Republican leadership aides said yesterday...

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he intends to increase enforcement efforts everywhere. "We are going to move beyond the current level of activity to a higher level in each month and year to come," he said. To pay for the stepped-up enforcement, the department has requested $41 million and 200 more U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agents for fiscal 2007, which will increase to about 525 the number of ICE agents assigned to track down the 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States.

This is the right way to go, but much more needs to be done than a few hundred more agents. More like several thousand.