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US Congress has approved a 600-million US dollar border security bill. Proponents say it will help combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the US-Mexico border.
The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote. It now goes to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The money will fund some 15-hundred new border patrol agents, customs inspectors and other law enforcement officials along the southwestern border. Democrats hope the bill will help break a deadlock over broader immigration reforms.
Charles Schumer, Democratic Senator, said, "The best part of this border package is that it is fully paid for and does not increase the deficit by a single penny. In actuality, the Congressional Budget Office, the CBO, has determined that the bill will yield a direct savings of tax payer's $50 million.
The emergency border funds we are passing today are fully paid for by assessing fees on certain types of companies who hire foreign workers using certain types of visas that Congress did not intend."
The plan is financed by imposing higher visa fees on some Indian technology companies operating in the US, prompting a protest from the government of India. Senate aides said the Indian companies had been targeted because they take advantage of a US law to import a high percentage of their workers from abroad.