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Murray Applauds Passage of Border Security Act

Apr 18 2002

Measure will increase intelligence sharing, improve and expand technology, boost staffing at borders

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, by a vote of 97-0 the U.S. Senate passed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act.

Senator Murray is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which includes measures to strengthen our borders and ports, secure our visa entry system, and enhance our ability to deter potential terrorists.

Statement of Senator Murray:

"I am proud that the Senate today stood up for the safety of citizens in the Northwest and across the nation by passing this important legislation to strengthen our borders.

Gathering and sharing information about those who enter the U.S. and monitoring those who remain here is critical to our national security.

The September 11th terrorist attacks revealed troubling holes in our investigative and intelligence powers. The Senate bill we passed today requires our intelligence agencies to share information regarding suspected terrorists, better track foreign nationals as soon as they enter our country, and increases staffing and infrastructure at our nation's ports and borders.

For the past nine years I have been working in the Senate to increase security along the Northern Border and ensure that we have the agents and technology needed to protect our national security and to facilitate trade.

The improved communication, expanded technology, and increased staffing mandated in this bill will help by giving our intelligence officials the tools they need to track those who enter our country and protect our homeland."