Border surge proposal has Tucson talking
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CREATED Jun. 22, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Earlier this week, senators brought forward what some might call a pretty expensive proposal to the current immigration bill.
They're calling it the "border surge"; an amendment to an embattled immigration bill, that includes adding 350 miles of fence along the border, and doubling the amount of border patrol agents to 41,000.
"This is a teach in," Isabel Garcia, attorney with Derechos Humanos told Nine On Your Side, "because people need to know exactly what's being considered in these bills."
Speakers today told community members how this proposal will affect them, saying the billions of dollars it will take to see all these changes play out just is not worth it.
"I think that's just a waist of money that education needs," Alba, an undocumented immigrant told us. "I think that's just a waste of energy that the government is focusing on something that is not really necessary."
Certainly not an opinion Representative John Flake shares.
He told Nine On Your Side these changes ensure that the border is completely secure.
"Some have called it "hands across the border", because if you deployed everybody at once, it would be a border agent every 1,000 feet."
All those border agents would cost roughly 25 billion dollars, according to the New York Times.
"It's a significant investment to the border," Flake said.
It's an investment opponents say is exaggerated.
"We need to address the root cause of why people are migrating, and the roll that us policy has had," Garcia said.
Opponents told us they are gathering at El Tiradito downtown on Monday at 11:00 p.m. for a press conference and rally.
The Senate would need 70 votes to officially pass this amendment.