Illegal Immigrants and Detention Facilities:
Nearly everyone can agree that there is a crisis at our Southern border. I believe we need to focus more on Central and South America, fix our broken asylum laws to reduce the magnet that is drawing illegal immigrants here, and increase border security. The House passed, and I voted for, H.R. 3401, a bipartisan border supplemental appropriations bill. This bill will provide emergency funding, resources, and flexibility to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the southern border, but it does not solve the problem.
A basic responsibility of any nation’s government is to control who and what crosses its borders. For too long, our federal government has not done so. I believe our immigration laws are in need of a major overhaul. It should begin with border security and interior enforcement. We also need to reform our legal immigration system so that decisions are made faster and so that it contributes to the health and well-being of our country.
A basic responsibility of any nation’s government is to control who and what crosses its borders. For too long, our federal government has not done so.
At the end of the 115th Congress, the House passed, and I supported, legislation to provide funding for the construction of a border wall along the southern border of the United States. Unfortunately, the Senate was unable to pass the same version of the bill. On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act to aid in the construction of physical barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico with funds taken from several sources, including the military. I support a wall and our troops, and I believe we need to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security to address our border security needs instead of using designated military construction dollars. None of us should have to choose between the two. We have to do both, and we have to do both fully.
It will be important to thoroughly evaluate specific locations along the border to determine the effectiveness of physical barriers and which kind. A layered approach using people, technology, and physical barriers makes the most sense.