As the United States faces new and evolving threats to our national security a strong, smart, multi-layered approach at our nation’s borders is required. This legislation calls for building additional physical barriers, which includes wall, levee wall, fencing, technology, as well a surge in personnel. The bill targets illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking at our ports of entry and identifies visa overstays through full deployment of the Biometric Entry-Exit System. It also supports local law enforcement through increases in resources to aggressively fight crimes on the southern border. The recent tragedy in San Antonio, Texas highlights the porous nature of our border and the sad reality that can come from not properly securing it.
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“The Homeland Security Committee’s Border Security for America Act is a multi-layered approach that enhances the security of our southern border in a number of important ways. Most notably, this bill authorizes the construction of a border wall and provides $15 billion for the deployment of tactical infrastructure, technology, and other measures to achieve full operational control and situational awareness.”
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“Your bill wisely seeks to ensure that our international borders with Canada and Mexico have the personnel necessary to process legitimate cross-border trade and travel securely and efficiently. By increasing the number of frontline officers, Customs and Border Protection can devote the manpower necessary to interdict those individuals who would seek to do us harm, while facilitating the passage of freight and travelers into the U.S.” – Border Trade Alliance
“Your bill, the Border Security for America Act of 2017, makes improvements to our border security through strengthening physical structures, updating administrative processing, employing state of the art technology, expanding surveillance, and adding to enforcement personnel.” – The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association