McCaul Statement on DHS’s National Guard Deployment
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement to deploy the National Guard to the southern border in an effort to mitigate the growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs, and crime.
Chairman McCaul: “Americans deserve secure borders and the deployment of the National Guard is a positive step toward providing the safety this nation has long demanded. However, Congress still must act. We have a historic opportunity to keep this promise to the American people. Fixing our broken immigration system and closing dangerous loopholes prevent drugs, gangs, and terrorists from pouring across our borders. At the beginning of this year, I introduced carefully crafted legislation that combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restores the rule of law. It also authorizes use of the National Guard along the southern border to help construct physical barriers and provide aviation and intelligence support.
“The measures implemented today by the Department of Homeland Security will take important steps to keep our country safer. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress, President Trump, and his Administration to implement tougher and more effective border security and immigration laws. We will stop at nothing to protect our homeland and the American people.”