U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (TX-01) Thursday voted in favor of H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006. After attending several field hearings throughout the nation this past month, Gohmert has witnessed firsthand the necessity to act quickly to secure the United States' southern border and protect American citizens.
H.R. 6061 authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to take the necessary steps to prevent unlawful entry into the United States. Additionally, the bill requires systematic surveillance of both America's land and sea borders while designating areas of the southern border where fences are to be constructed.
"For the past 2 years I have been here I've repeated saying time and again that we've got to secure our borders first. This bill will not only help to achieve this goal, it will also allow Congress to monitor the progress and determine if U.S. Customs officials and Border Security Agents have sufficient authority and equipment to stop vehicles that evade them in crossing the border. This bill is long overdue, and I urge the Senate to take similar efforts and act quickly on this legislation. It was a pleasure to bring it up yet again this morning to the President himself. He wants to see a comprehensive plan but is willing to entertain a "border security first" bill before the comprehensive bill," said Gohmert.