The Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, was endorsed by the White House Monday. If passed, it would secure funding for defense, Veterans Affairs, and military construction along with other needs for the fiscal year ending in September 2018.
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) expounded upon the border security segment of this House bill on “The Chris Salcedo Show” Tuesday. He told Chris that we have to secure the United States border to curtail an influx of narcotics and contraband that contributes to the illicit drug market — and decreases public safety nationwide.
The bill pays for 28 miles of border fencing in Texas' lower Rio Grande Valley, another 32 miles in the upper valley, and reinforces 12 miles of 20-year-old, damaged and decaying fencing outside of San Diego.
They use bollard fencing — a high, fortified see-through structure — as a deterrence mechanism. Sessions says the barrier is necessary to have effective operational control of the border.