12.05.17

McCaul Statement on DHS’s End-of-Year Statistic Report

Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) end-of-year statistics and their continued concern about the steady increase of transnational criminal organizations’ (TCO) exploitation along the Southwest border, among other issue areas.

Chairman McCaul: “As I’ve said many times before, Americans deserve a strong and secure border. DHS’s end of the year statistics prove that—with a supportive Administration and Congress—they can better reduce illegal activity along the Southwest border. However, just last week, the Acting Secretary of DHS testified in front of my Committee that gangs like MS-13, human traffickers, drug smugglers, and potential terrorist are continually looking to find new ways to sneak into our country and pose a persistent national security threat. It is vital that we continue to support DHS and their mission to make America more secure from the ever-evolving threat landscape.

“My Committee passed a bill, the ‘Border Security for America Act,’ that would provide additional physical barriers which includes wall, levee wall, fencing, technology, as well a surge in personnel, to more effectively combat these threats. This bill provides DHS with the necessary tools and resources to finally provide Americans the secure border they have long demanded and deserve.”

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