House Resolution 4437 passed the House on December 16, 2005 by a vote of 239-182. Titled the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, HR 4437 calls for many changes to the way the country currently handles illegal immigrants. Highlights of the bill include physical borders (i.e. fences) with increased surveillance, stiffer penalties for those re-entering after prior removal, DHS and DoD cooperation to reinforce the Border Patrol with military support, and elimination of the “catch and release” program.
Overall, this is a huge step in the right direction. I am in complete support of the fences and cooperation of DHS and DoD cooperation. I would like to see very stiff penalties for those caught smuggling aliens into the country. Something along the lines of hard prison time for Americans and immediate deportation for aliens.