An update to a story, the $600 million plan presented Thursday afternoon by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, Alaska Senator Mark Begich, and New York Senator Charles Schumer was approved last night. McCaskill says in her press release that the $600 million package will fully secure the US Mexican border. According to Laura Myron, Senator McCaskill’s Deputy Press Secretary, the money will be used for 1500 agents, equipment, and drones.
“There’s a lot of money in here for additional personnel at the border including border patrol agents as well as agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They’re also using the money to buy additional equipment, including communications equipment for new officers and to deploy unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance, so basically unmanned drones on the border to do surveillance and make sure it’s secure,” says Myron.
Myron says the $600 million emergency package will be paid for through fee increases for H-1B visas for companies who have more than 50% of their employees on H-1B visas. Tech companies are exempted. It also raises fees on L visas given to multinational transferees.
“Basically they’re just raising fees on visas for companies who bring more of their employees over from foreign countries and foreign companies so in order to do so companies have to apply for visas for their workers and so this bill will raise the fees on those visa applications.”