House Republicans Push New Vote on Border Fence

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US House Republicans seeking to get tough on illegal immigration plan a new vote Thursday on a border fence proposal.

The bill calls for building more than 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the nearly two-thousand-mile border with Mexico.

The House approved the same amount of fencing when it passed its enforcement-focused immigration overhaul bill last December.

An aide to House Majority Leader John Boehner says House leaders see fence construction as a border security issue that needs immediate attention.

But Democratic Congressman Silvestre Reyes of El Paso calls the proposal redundant.

Reyes says it's another piecemeal border security measure that is full of empty rhetoric -- rather than sound policy.

The Senate in May approved a broader immigration bill. The two chambers have yet to negotiate a comprehensive measure.