Immigration Reform Must Emphasize Border Security
Media Contacts: Mike Rosen, Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s immigration reform proposal.
Chairman McCaul: “No one denies that our immigration system is broken, however, we cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. The 1986 immigration reform did not stop the flow of illegal immigrants and we cannot support reforms today unless they hinge on gaining operational control of our borders.
“The Senate blueprint appropriately made securing our borders a priority, while the Administration appears content to once again neglect to do so. While the Administration has claimed successes in stopping illegal crossings, the fact remains apprehensions have once again increased. Until the Administration creates a comprehensive border security plan that includes a reasonable definition of operational control we can measure, we cannot quantify success or failure. My overriding goal is to prevent repeating this debate ten years from now.
“For this effort to succeed, immigration reform must employ what I have advocated since coming to Congress, which is the use of enhanced technology on our borders. Using drones, additional agents and existing Department of Defense sensor surveillance systems proven to work in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can secure our borders sooner and without duplicating the cost to taxpayers.
“In addition to our border security operations, the immigration reform discussion must include strengthening the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcements’ commitment to finding those who overstay their visas and deporting dangerous criminals. Anything less leaves our nation vulnerable to terrorists, like those who attacked us on 9/11, and criminal aliens who are released on our soil.”