On October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109–367) into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”
The bill was introduced on September 13, 2006, by Congressman Peter T. King, Republican of New York. In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283–138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80–19.
(b) Operational Control Defined.–In this section, the term
“operational control” means the prevention of all unlawful entries
into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful
aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.
Approved October 26, 2006.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 6061:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 152 (2006):
Sept. 14, considered and passed House.
Sept. 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, considered and passed Senate.
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