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Senate Prepares to Vote on Border Fence Bill

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate voted 71-28 to close debate on H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006. A final vote on the bill is expected today, clearing it for the President’s signature. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6061 on September 14.

A part of the House’s “security first” approach to immigration issues, H.R. 6061 authorizes the government to construct 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border. The bill was introduced after the House and Senate failed to reach agreement on more substantial immigration legislation, H.R. 4437 and S. 2611, this summer.

In a Sept. 21 ALAWON, we described three other immigration bills that were passed by the House and were being considered as amendments to the FY07 Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441). One of these, H.R. 4830, was successfully added to the appropriations bill; the others — H.R. 6094 and H.R. 6095 — were not. Congress is expected to pass the Homeland Security bill before it adjourns this weekend.

The Washington Office will continue to monitor immigration legislation for provisions affecting the library community.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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