Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted in support of the Secure Fence Act today that passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 283-138. The Secure Fence Act will strengthen border security by providing additional barriers and fencing in designated areas along the southern border. In addition, the legislation provides for state-of-the-art technology and surveillance creating a virtual fence that deploys cameras, ground sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, and integrated surveillance technology across the entire border region. Congressman Poe spoke in favor of this bill and encouraged other members to fully support a section of the legislation that calls for the Border Patrol to define their policies on apprehending illegals. Our Border Patrol agents in the field need a clear and all-inclusive pursuit policy to show that we are serious on defending our border, said Poe. Anything less makes our Border Patrol agents nothing more than highly specialized and trained Wal-Mart greeters.

Poe supports using fences and technology on the front lines in securing our borders, but cautioned that it must be done so with the full support of the federal government. Building a fence is not enough to stop people from coming to our country illegally, said Poe. Barriers are useless if the government doesnt have the will to enforce the law. While I support every effort to secure our borders, the only real way to stop people from coming here is to eliminate their opportunities. Otherwise they will cut through, tunnel under or go around in defiance to get to the United States. A fence will be seen as a federal failure and waste of taxpayer money if we fail to enforce all immigration laws across the board.

Congressman Poe serves on the House International Relations Committee, Terrorism Subcommittee and a member of the Congressional Border Security Caucus. Congressman Poe has traveled to the Texas/Mexico border five times in the last year meeting with border sheriffs and local residents from Del Rio to McAllen. For more information, floor speeches, and editorials written by Congressman Poe on the issue of illegal immigration, please visit our website, www.house.gov/poe.

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