Washington - WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMBF) - An amendment proposal from U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) could soon require the completion of nearly 700 miles of double-layer fencing along the U.S. and Mexico border.
DeMint announced the amendment introduction Wednesday that would require the project to be completed in one year. The senator says the legislation follows through on a promise made by the U.S. Congress to secure the U.S. border under the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
To date, officials with the Department of Homeland Security say only 34.3 miles of the double-layer fencing has been completed - 11.8 miles in California, 9.1 miles in Arizona and 13.4 miles in Texas.
The proposed amendment was previously approved by the U.S. Senate in a bipartisan 54-44 vote. However, legislators did not follow through with the bill.
"We've had rhetoric and promises for four years without results," DeMint commented in a prepared statement Wednesday. "It's time we completed the fence and secured our borders to protect American citizens."
If DeMint's amendment is signed into law, DHS Secretary Napolitano will be required to submit a report to Congress within six months after enactment of the law on the progress made, in addition to her plans for completing the fence within 12 months.