Sunday, July 17, 2005
Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer Nix Border Security Bill.
New York's two senators, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer - who have been complaining since the London bombing attacks that the federal government hasn't done enough to protect the U.S. from terrorists - voted against legislation to enhance border security on Thursday.
Clinton and Schumer turned thumbs down on two amendments to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which, according to the Washington Times, would have funded plans for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents and more than 5,000 new detention beds to house illegal aliens.
The measures, which had been stipulated in the intelligence overhaul bill passed by Congress last December, were intended to help end the practice known as "catch and release," where the Border Patrol has been forced to free illegal aliens because they have no place to hold them.
Al-Jazeera recently nixed plans to film a documentary on the U.S.'s porous southern border, with a special emphasis on "catch and release" - after the Minuteman Project blew the whistle on the terrorist-friendly network.