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U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a 600 million dollar border security bill to strengthen security along the U.S.--Mexico border.
The money will fund some 1,500 additional border patrol agents, customs inspectors, and other law enforcement officials along the border, as well as two more unmanned aerial "drones" to monitor border activities.
Congress' speedy approval of the border security funds marked a rare display of bipartisanship in the hot-button immigration debate.
The U.S. has long grappled with the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico, but smooth passage of the bill comes on the heals of a government report that showed a higher than expected jobless rate and ahead of mid-term congressional elections in November.