WASHINGTON DC (Indiana's NewsCenter) - President Obama signed a $600-million border security bill into law on Friday.
Mr. Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office alongside Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The new law provides funding for an additional 1,000 border patrol agents as well as additional immigration and customs enforcement agents.
It also allows for more communication equipment along the border and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.
Napolitano says, “Apprehensions or illegal crossings are down. For the first time ever we are screening 100 percent of southbound rail. Criminal alien removals are at an all-time high. We've added more technology, manpower and resources to the border than ever before.”
The $600-million bill is funded in part by imposing higher fees on personnel companies that bring foreign workers into the United States.
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