Something we can all agree on...

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    WASHINGTON — In a rare moment of bipartisanship Tuesday, the House approved $600 million to pay for more unmanned surveillance drones and about 1,500 more agents along the troubled Mexican border.

    Getting tougher on border security is one of the few issues that both parties agree on in this highly charged election season. But lawmakers remain deeply divided over a more comprehensive approach to the illegal immigration problem, and it's unclear if Congress will go beyond border-tightening efforts.

    The House passed the bill by an unrecorded voice vote after brief debate. The Senate passed an identical bill last week by unanimous consent. But senators must act again, for technical reasons, before sending the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    The Associated Press: House approves more agents, drones on border
     
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    The bill would offset its costs by raising fees on foreign-based personnel companies that use U.S. visa programs to bring skilled workers to the United States. These include the popular H-1B visa program. India says higher fees would discriminate against its companies and workers.

    The bill includes $176 million for 1,000 new border patrol agents to form a strike force to be deployed at critical areas, $89 million for another 500 customs and immigration personnel, and $32 million to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

    It also provides $196 million for the Justice Department to bolster its forces of U.S. marshals, and FBI, DEA and ATF agents along the border.

    The Associated Press: House approves more agents, drones on border
     
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    Going after employers... Till I see that it's all just games to try and win votes while doing as little as possible.
     
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    Thumbs up on the visas. The Indian firms are going to be screwed and rightfully so. They've basically priced Americans out of the IT market.
     
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    Good legislation. We need more like it. Avorysuds is correct that punishing businesses for knowingly hiring illegals is absolutely necessary.
     
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    It's a start. Stop whining.
     
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    Well, they did the easy part of immigration reform. Next comes the hard part. I bet Congress will be fighting over immigration reform for years. Since it cuts across party lines, we should be seeing more bipartisan votes which is something Congress badly needs.
     
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    I'll believe that when I see the Democrats taking the lead in the charge against illegal immigration. I'll bet a buck that the $600 million bill is loaded down with pork and that's why it passed.
     
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    That's true, and quite frankly, they're shitty programmers.
     
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    This is a GOOD thing. Something the Dubya and the GOP controlled Congress under him could not accomplish, nor ever even tried.
     

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