Border & immigration
McCain, Kyl announce border security plan
10-point plan calls for National Guard, jail for repeat crossers
Arizona's Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl announced a 10-point border security plan Monday morning, saying their proposals will fight illegal immigration, drug and human smuggling and violence along the border.
The senators propose the deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops along the Arizona/Mexico border, and the addition of 3,000 Customs and Border Protection agents in the area.
McCain and Kyl call for continuing Operation Streamline, which brings criminal charges against border crossers - resulting in jail time for some.
The Arizona Republicans say the federal government should complete the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the border, with "double- and triple- layer fencing at appropriate locations along the Arizona-Mexico border."
They also want to increase Operation Stonegarden by $40 million, to $100 million. The program provides funding for local and state law enforcement for costs related to border enforcement.
The senators also propose much more federal assistance to the states: They want the government to "fully reimburse state and local governments for the costs of incarcerating criminal aliens. Start by at least funding the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) at its authorized level of $950 million."
What's your take?
Do you agree with Arizona's GOP senators? Should there be more National Guardsmen on the border? Should the feds construct a border fence? How much assistance should the federal government provide to state and local agencies burdened by border enforcement?