Committee to Mark Up Border Security for America Act Next Week
Washington, D.C. – Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue. Today, Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced the House Homeland Security Committee will mark up the Border Security For America Act next week. This legislation calls for a historic, multi-layered defense system, including building additional physical barriers, including 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.
Chairman McCaul: “Next week, the Committee will mark up the Border Security for America Act, a smart multi-layered approach to strengthen our nation’s borders and ports of entry. This bill will provide the Department of Homeland Security the tools necessary to achieve full operational control and situational awareness of the border by providing for a wall, cutting edge technology, and more boots on the ground. We have been talking about border security for years.
“Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it’s time to send a bill to President Trump’s desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve.”
NOTE: In early August, Chairman McCaul and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) penned a joint op-ed on their Committees’ efforts to strengthen our nation’s border security and to better enforce our immigration laws.