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House committee passes border security bill

January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led House committee has passed legislation aimed at securing the southern U.S. border within five years. Action by the full House is expected next week.

The bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday evening on a party-line vote of 18 to 12.

Republicans said it was a necessary step after Obama administration failures to secure the border. Democrats complained that the bill is filled with unrealistic mandates that won’t necessarily bring more security.

The bill would require control of high traffic areas of the border within two years, and control of the full border within five years. It authorizes $10 billion in new fences and technology.

Some conservatives are opposed, saying it doesn’t do enough to curb illegal immigration.

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