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2006 Secure Fence Act (An act to establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States)

H.R. 6061; Pub.L. 109-367; 120 Stat. 2638.

109th Congress; October 26, 2006.

You can find the full text of this law from the GPO as text or PDF.



The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was enacted October 26, 2006 and is a part of President George W. Bush’s effort on immigration reform which was intended to allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to gain operational control over the entire United States-Mexico border and maritime border. The Act addresses the evaluation and construction of physical barriers and advanced technology in reinforcing fencing along the southern U.S. border, and assisting in the enforcement of immigration security in specified areas. Also included in the Act was a provision for a feasibility study of a state-of-the-art infrastructure security system targeting the U.S.-Canada land and maritime borders. This included an evaluation and determination as to the practicality of a specialized system and its monetary influence.

(Summary by M.M. and Jessica Bell)



Secure Fence Act on GovTrack - Comprehensive overview of the Secure Fence Act in Congress.

Secure Fence Act on the Washington Post Congress votes database - Summary of Congressional action on the bill.

A New Strategy for Real Immigration Reform - A statement on immigration from a prominent conservative think-tank.

The Offensive Act - A progressive analysis of the Secure Fence Act.


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