Nathan Hurst
Detroit News
July 15, 2011

The push for greater security along the border with Canada is getting some traction on Capitol Hill that’s likely to lead to more boots — and technology — on the ground in Michigan.

Included in the 2012 appropriations plan for the Department of Homeland Security that was put forward by the U.S. House is $500 million — a rare $10 million boost in an otherwise austere era on Capitol Hill — for “border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology.”

It comes with the strongest caveat to date in favor of beefing up homeland security spending along the border with Canada: a mandate the money is spent in a way that helps achieve “operational control of the Northern and Southwest borders of the United States.”

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