Immigration Bill Amended to Include Increased Border Militarization

This week, the Senate made major progress toward passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill. However, Senators Corker and Hoeven proposed an amendment that would significantly militarize the border. Here is what the amendment includes: an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents to be deployed, maintained, and stationed along the southern border; a Southern Border Fencing Strategy which would require at least 700 miles of fencing to be completed; an entry/exit system to track visa overstays to be fully implemented at all airports and seaports; and the full implementation of E-verify by all employers. Executive Director Anna Galland had the following response to the Senate’s action:

MoveOn’s 8 million members support a clear road map toward citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans–without further militarizing our already secure borders.

The Corker/Hoeven amendment would waste billions of taxpayer dollars, double the number of border agents, increase the length of the border, and ultimately increase the time it will take for aspiring Americans to become citizens. This recent compromise is disappointing, especially since the bill proposed by the Gang of 8 was already a bipartisan compromise.

After the bill moves through the Senate this week, we demand that Speaker Boehner remember the November elections and support the Senate version of the bill, without further increasing the militarization of our border.

Top Posts


Take Action


We Won!

We won! A federal judge just ruled that we can keep up our billboard criticizing tea party Governor Bobby Jindal for standing between 242,000 Louisianans and Medicaid. Can you help make sure we're able to keep up the billboard we fought so hard to …

We denounce the Koch Brothers

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth -- more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans -- to corrupt our democracy. …