Hatch urges Napolitano to maintain border agents

Hatch urges Napolitano to maintain border agents

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is asking Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to maintain or increase the number of U.S. border patrol agents.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Hatch and other senators asked Napolitano to provide a written response on her plans to tackle the concerns regarding border security.

Hatch says a recent Government Accountability Office report on border issues acknowledges that the country's southern and northern borders are still porous and easily breached.

Hatch has recently voted for amendments in a bill that would require 700 miles of border fence with double-layer blocking barriers be funded and built.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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