One bill would provide Border Patrol agents with increased medical training and EMT certification, as well as deliver enhanced language interpretation services and voice access to physicians or health care providers at all Customs and Border Protection remote stations and southern land-based ports of entry
This makes it very clear their first priority is the safety and health of the illegal immigrants, not the enhancement of border security.
A second proposal would increase commercial hours of operation at some of the nation’s busiest southern land ports of entry and direct CBP to conduct a study of designated port of entry locations to identify improvements to redesign, modernize and improve efficiency.
Increasing "commercial' hours of operation addresses trade between the two countries, not border security.
The third piece of proposed legislation would make investments in technology and equipment in rural and remote border areas, such as New Mexico’s Bootheel. The bill also includes a new pilot program designed to address Border Patrol personnel retention.
Without seeing the actual text of the legislation (not available yet) it is hard to comment on this, but these proposals could have some merit.
Can't help but notice that money for the wall is "wasteful" and "divisive' while spending on these programs is a "smart...investment", and border issues are "complex", i.e., far beyond the understanding of the rubes who live in the border area.
Both Senators are demonstrating their ignorance or unconcern with border security as they are about to pass legislation that would create 240,000 acres of wilderness on or near our border with Mexico which prevents patrolling by local, state or federal officers by motorized vehicles or any use of mechanized equipment. They can only patrol by foot or horseback.