Costs involved in securing US' borders

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What does it take to keep a tab on illegal immigration?

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Costs involved in securing US' borders

  1. 1. “SECURING” THE BORDER TO SECURE VOTES The Senate jammed $12 billion in border security spending into the immigration reform policy bill as a cynical concession to security hawks. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PLAN? UH-1N HELICOPTERS $35.6M each $605.2M total Requires 17 helicopters no longer manufactured UNMANNED A/C SYSTEMS (DRONES) $7.2M each Total cost: $29M 4 added 10 already owned by U.S. Border Patrol CORPORATE HANDOUTS DISGUISED AS POLICY Writes spending that normally appears in reports accompanying legislation into bill language, setting it in stone. SWEETHEART DEALS FOR TOP GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS Mandates specific contractors and models, making an end-run around the competitive bidding process. 2011 RADIATION ISOTOPE ID DEVICES $331K each Total cost: $5.3M 16 added 2,554 already in inventory AN OUTDATED DHS WISHLIST Based on a 2011 Department of Homeland Security wishlist that includes $605.2M for helicopters no longer being manufactured. THIS ISN’T IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND IT ISN’T GOOD POLICY. INTEGRATED FIXED TOWERS $87.3M in year one 93 added Total cost unknown RADIATION PORTAL MONITOR Total cost: $427K One added 1460 already in inventory taxpayer.net taxpayers designed by

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