Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Obama beefs up border security

Obama's Treasury is still against Irish default

President Barack Obama is set to sign a Bill to put more security agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

The Senate passed the 600 million dollar (£385 million) measure during a special session on Thursday.

The border security measure would fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents, plus 250 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and 250 Customs and Border Protection officers.

On Friday night, the President will host an iftar dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the White House State Dining Room. The iftar is the dinner that breaks the holiday's daily fast.

It is not the first time the White House has hosted such a dinner marking Ramadan. Former President George W Bush also held iftars during his eight years in office.

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