01.15.15

McCaul to Introduce Secure Our Borders First Act

Media Contact: Lauren Claffey; April Ward (202) 226-8477

HERSHEY, PA– Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced he will introduce border security legislation this Congress. During a presentation to members of Congress at the GOP retreat, McCaul outlined his plan for the Secure Our Borders First Act, proposed legislation to gain and maintain control of our nation’s land and maritime borders.

“I’ve been working on the problem of border security for 10 years in Congress and prior to that as a former federal prosecutor,” McCaul said. “The Secure Our Borders First Act will be the most significant and toughest border security bill ever set before Congress. We are putting fencing where fencing is needed and technology where technology is needed to ensure a smart, safe, and cost-effective border. We tell the government how to secure the border step-by-step, and put in place real penalties for ignoring the will of Congress.

“I’m looking forward to the introduction of this bill, moving it through regular order and bringing it to the floor for a vote. Our border is a national security issue, and it is time we finally do something about it.”

The Secure Our Borders First Act will include the following measures:

  • Provide the administration with prescriptive measures from Congress on how to secure the border;
  • Enforce penalties on the Department of Homeland Security political appointees if they do not meet the terms of the bill;
  • Provide sector-by-sector analysis of threats and needs and attach to that the resources necessary to gain operational control of the border;
  • Allow the Department of Defense to transfer assets from theatre of war and redeploy them to the Southwest border – assets already paid for by the taxpayers;
  • Fully fund the National Guard on the border;
  • Allow the Border Patrol access to federal land for the first time; and
  • Requires a U.S. exit strategy to address visa overstays.

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