H.R. 6061 (109th): Secure Fence Act of 2006

Introduced:
Sep 13, 2006 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Status:
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 109-367.
Sponsor
Peter “Pete” King
Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Oct 24, 2006
Length
3 pages
Related Bills
H.Res. 1002 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Sep 14, 2006

 
Status

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 26, 2006.

Progress
Introduced Sep 13, 2006
Referred to Committee Sep 13, 2006
Passed House Sep 14, 2006
Passed Senate Sep 29, 2006
Signed by the President Oct 26, 2006
 
Full Title

To establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.

Summary

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Votes
Sep 14, 2006 3:41 p.m.
Passed 283/138
Sep 20, 2006 11:17 a.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 94/0
Sep 28, 2006 7:11 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 71/28
Sep 29, 2006 9:30 p.m.
Bill Passed 80/19

Cosponsors
42 cosponsors (41R, 1D) (show)
Committees

House Homeland Security

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


10/26/2006--Public Law.
Secure Fence Act of 2006 - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, within 18 months of enactment of this Act, to take appropriate actions to achieve operational control over U.S. international land and maritime borders, including:
(1) systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; and
(2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry and facilitate border access by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers.
Defines "operational control" as the prevention of all unlawful U.S. entries, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.
Directs the Secretary to report annually to Congress on border control progress.
Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to direct the Secretary to provide at least two layers of reinforced fencing, installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors extending:
(1) from ten miles west of the Tecate, California, port of entry to ten miles east of the Tecate, California, port of entry;
(2) from ten miles west of the Calexico, California, port of entry to five miles east of the Douglas, Arizona, port of entry (requiring installation of an interlocking surveillance camera system by May 30, 2007, and fence completion by May 30, 2008);
(3) from five miles west of the Columbus, New Mexico, port of entry to ten miles east of El Paso, Texas;
(4) from five miles northwest of the Del Rio, Texas, port of entry to five miles southeast of the Eagle Pass, Texas, port of entry; and
(5) 15 miles northwest of the Laredo, Texas, port of entry to the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry (requiring fence completion from 15 miles northwest of the Laredo, Texas, port of entry to 15 southeast of the Laredo, Texas, port of entry by December 31, 2008).
States that if an area has an elevation grade exceeding 10% the Secretary may use other means to secure such area, including surveillance and barrier tools.
Directs the Secretary to:
(1) study and report to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the necessity, feasibility, and economic impact of constructing a state-of-the-art infrastructure security system along the U.S. northern international land and maritime border; and
(2) evaluate and report to such Committees on U.S. Customs and Border Protection authority (and possible expansion of authority) to stop fleeing vehicles that enter the United States illegally, including related training, technology, and equipment reviews.

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