Press Release


McCaul Releases Blueprint for Southern Border Security

Media Contacts: Lauren Claffey, April Ward (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released a proposal to secure the border entitled “Blueprint for Southern Border Security.”

"Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue,” said McCaul. “We must identify the threats and be able to respond quickly, but we can't do either without seeing the entire border. My proposal matches resources and capabilities to needs on the southern border to allow Border Patrol agents to finally gain complete visibility. This is the first step to providing Americans the secure border they demand and deserve."

The proposal maps out sector-by-sector recommendations on resource allocation and capability improvements to achieve full situational awareness of the border.

In addition to gaining situational awareness, the proposal also calls for:

  • developing outcome-based means to measure border security,
  • bolstering interior enforcement,
  • increasing coordination between federal, state and local efforts,
  • creating a new command and control structure,
  • and engaging our international partners.

Full text of the proposal is available HERE.

An interactive map outlining the sector-by-sector recommendations is available HERE.