U.S. poised to spend billions on ports and borders
A Republican-backed border control bill called 'Border Security For America Act', moved a step forward on October 4, 2017.
Now it will head to the floor of the House of Representatives for debate, having recieved House Homeland Security Committee approval.
A sweeping push against illegal immigration, it mainly targets building fences and barriers at all ports of entry, with US$10 billion in border wall/fence funding, reported The Hill.
It also will pour $5 billion in funds to improve ports of entry and adds 5,000 agents to both the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
As an interim step, the bill requires CBP to make a plan for a biometric-exit system at the top 15 US seaports and airports with “the highest volume of international travel” within 180 days of the enactment of the relevant section.
Under the bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary must expand vehicle, cargo, and pedestrian inspection at land-based ports of entry along the Southern US Border.
This will need to happen the top ten highest-volume land ports of entry at the Southern border by September 30, 2021.
The DHS should establish biometric system so in consultation with the seaport industry, in addition to trucking, airport and other affected sectors. ■