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Obama Signs Bill to Step Up Security on Mexican Border

President Obama signed a $600 million dollar bill to step up security on the United States/Mexico border Friday morning, after it swiftly made its way through Congress.

But while Democrats and Republicans all agree on the need to send more resources to the border, they are still far apart on what comes next, and how to reform the country's immigration system.

Twenty-eight-thousand people have been killed in Mexico's drug wars; that’s just the past four years.

With violence threatening to spill into the United States, President Obama signed a $600 million dollar bill to beef up border security.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D) New York said the reason behind the bill is, "So that the American people can feel far safer living in many of our border communities than they do today."

The measure will add 1000 border patrol agents, 250 border protection officers and 250 immigration personnel to target drug smuggling.

States on the southern border have long been pushing Washington for help.

Earlier this week President Obama was in Texas and the Governor asked him to act.

Gov. Rick Perry, (R) Texas said, "It is a crisis on our southern border that cannot be overlooked any longer.”

However, cracking down on the border could bring a potential backlash from Latinos for a President who promised to support immigration reform.

Mid term elections are only three months away, and the Obama administration is relying heavily on Latino voters to keep Democrats in office.

Democrats argue that the border bill is a first step to addressing the larger issue of immigration.

Schumer added that the bill "Will clear the path for us to finally resume bipartisan negotiations in good faith on reforming our broken immigration system."

But while lawmakers from both parties can unite around increasing border security, they still have a long way to go before agreeing on other immigration issues.


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