Argument: A 700-mile fence will reduce long-term border security costs
- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) - "A cost effective solution to border security. Opponents saying $7 billion is an exaggeration, a contractor has quoted us 1.8 billion and that is what's in the bill (H.R. 6061). This is a one time expenditure. This fence will enable our border patrol to be more effective. It will signal to the world that our border is not wide open. It will reduce beds needed for detention and the costs of hiring as border patrol patrol. This will save us billion over the years. Far fewer planes to charter to remove deportees. This is a cost saving bill. Counting salaries and retirement etc of Border Patrol this is much cheaper."