We were eight Mexican peasants, one smuggler and me — desperately stretched out in dirt furrows in the night. The Border Patrol helicopter with its huge searchlight kept coming closer. It stopped, hovered and turned the other way.

President Barack Obama is signing a bill Friday to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

Representatives of India’s booming information technology industry said Friday that a border security bill passed by the U.S. Senate would promote protectionism and flout international trade practices.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved $600 million in funding for additional security measures along the border with Mexico, including new technology, personnel, and even a couple unmanned predator drones. I blogged about the proposal yesterday in “Democrats Bow to Republican Border Security Lies, Spend $600 Million On Non-Solutions”

Today, leading Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) unveiled a plan to spend an additional $600 million on border security. This follows months of Republican complaints that the President is “doing next to nothing to secure the border,” despite the cold hard fact that spending on border security is higher than ever and that crime rates in Arizona are down. Republicans have been pegged with blatantly false claims such as Phoenix being the “number two kidnapping capital of the world” (false) or that there is a frightening surge of beheadings in the state (false).

The U.S. Senate approved $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border on Thursday, on the eve of the Senate’s summer recess and ahead of an election season in which immigration and border security are shaping up as major issues.