Chairman McCaul Speaks in Support of the Border Safety and Security Act

Oct 10, 2013 Issues: Border Security

Washington, D.C. –  This afternoon, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) spoke on the House floor in support of H.J. Res 79, the Border Safety and Security Act, which funds Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Chairman McCaul: I would like to commend my dear friend from Round Rock, Texas, Judge Carter, the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, for his work on the important legislation before us today.

We are all here, Mr. Speaker, to try and work through our differences over government funding.  I hope that no one in this chamber truly believes that we should play politics with the security of our borders, our first line of defense.  Yet right now, as we debate this important funding bill, our agents at the Department of Homeland Security—the Border Patrol, ICE and CBP—are wondering when they will get their next paycheck and whether the invaluable work they do on behalf of our country will be fully funded. 

What kind of message would it send to our constituents all over this great country if we threw our hands up and said that providing for the common defense is no longer a priority?  That is exactly the debate we are having today.

As the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I will not stand by and let politics get the best of us.  Our brave men and women on the border in my home state are working in difficult conditions and risk their life daily.  In Texas, we have seen an increase in illegal border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley for the second year in a row.  In August I visited south Texas and met with agents and landowners who impressed upon me the importance of the border security operations. 

Our agents must be fully funded, Mr. Speaker.  I urge my colleagues to support the Border Safety and Security Act.

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