This week I cosponsored three very important pieces of legislation designed to improve border security along the southern border.
H.R. 1707, the Border Visibility and Security Act directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to install surveillance technology, including radar systems, tunnel detection technology and usage of unmanned aerial vehicles to establish situational awareness and operational control of the border. The bill also requires the DHS to eradicate invasive Carrizo cane and salt cedar that can grow over 25 feet tall, making it easier for criminals to hide from Border Patrol agents by blocking their view.
I also cosponsored H.R. 4593, the Securing our Border States Act. This important legislation would establish a block grant program that would allow border states to continue constructing a barrier along their borders with Mexico, since Joe Biden doesn’t give a damn about securing our southern border. The bill would give direct access to funding to Governors of southwest border states who certify that they will use the funding for wall construction.
Lastly, this week I cosponsored H.R. 2003, the Secure the Southern Border Act, legislation that would enact into law President Trump’s border policies that had a proven record of vastly slowing illegal border crossings. This includes ending “catch and release,” reinstating the “Remain in Mexico” policy, partnering with state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws and ending sanctuary cities and allowing the National Guard to help defend our homeland by bolstering Border Patrol’s manpower.