Much of Washington, like most of the country, was obviously focused on the tragedy in Boston and the ricin-laced letters mailed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and President Obama. Here are some other issues of interest that took place in our nation’s capital:
Immigration reform bill unveiled
This week, the bipartisan Gang of 8 unveiled their comprehensive immigration reform bill. The highlights of the proposal include:
Increased border security
The Gang of 8 legislation calls for $3 billion to beef up border security, which includes fortifying fences, staffing up patrols and acquiring surveillance technology from the Department of Defense – including drones and drone pilots, according to the summary.
It also requires constant surveillance of high-risk border areas and demands that border officers turn back at least 90 percent of those who attempt illegal border crossings each year.