Sen. McCaskill touting border security measures

Monday, August 9, 2010 | 6:38 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is touting a $600 million plan to increase security along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The plan sponsored by McCaskill and New York Sen. Charles Schumer was approved this past week by the U.S. Senate and awaits a House vote.

The money could be used to add 1,500 enforcement agents and to deploy unmanned aerial drones to improve border surveillance.

The plan would be paid for by raising fees charged to foreign-based personnel companies that use U.S. visa programs to bring foreign workers into the United States.

McCaskill says the legislation will be a big help in securing the border. She calls it an example of how lawmakers can work together "without playing political games."


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