McCaul Statement on Administration’s Request for Additional Measures to Address Crisis on the Border

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Today, U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement on the Administration's requests for additional measures to address the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

Chairman McCaul: "Since October, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States from Mexico. These children are risking a dangerous and sometimes fatal journey from Central America and are being exploited by the drug cartels along the way. There needs to be real solutions, including legislation, to ease this humanitarian crisis. Of note, I have introduced a bill which increases penalties for the smuggling of children. In order to stop the exploitation of these children and stem the flow, the Administration must also send a strong message of deterrence by mandatory detention and removal of those who come into the country illegally.

“While I am thankful President Obama is finally considering necessary action, this has been a disaster in the making for months and no action was taken to prevent it from becoming an emergency. I look forward to reviewing the details of their request for legislative fixes and additional funding.”