Republicans in Congress are starting to align with President Trump and are working to promote his agenda.
House Republicans say they will advance a piece of legislation next week providing President Trump with $10 billion to fund his promised southern border wall. The Border Security for America Act was drafted by the House Homeland Security Committee and plans to provide funding for the wall, increase the number of border patrol agents, and offer other tools to enhance border security systems, reports The Washington Examiner.
Securing the southern border was a major campaign issue for President Trump, helping him win the majority of states along the American-Mexican border.
The Border Security for America Act would provide $10 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border in addition to other security features, such as providing increased air assets, technology, fencing, and other deterrents.
The bill is also set to provide another $5 billion to increase security at American ports of entry. The bill would allow the United States Border Patrol to hire up to 5,000 additional border patrol agents and boost marine and air support. The act will also allow the National Guard to be deployed along the southern border.
“This bill will provide the Department of Homeland Security the tools necessary to achieve full operational control and situational awareness of the border by providing for a wall, cutting edge technology, and more boots on the ground,” explained Homeland Security Committee Chairman Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), who sponsored the legislation.
In 2013, Rep. McCaul sponsored a softer version of this bill seeking to increase security along the southern border. The original bill did not propose increased funding for security, but instead called on the Department of Homeland Security to investigate methods to improve border security. Rep. McCaul reigned in the scope of the original bill out of the fear of a presidential veto from former President Obama.
Earlier this year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Democrats would be willing to work with Republicans and advance legislation with similar language to what Rep. McCaul wrote in 2013. The Democrat leader was hoping to compromise by adopting Rep. McCaul’s earlier proposal in an attempt to save the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Unfortunately for Rep. Pelosi, the Texas congressman has since moved away from the weaker legislation.
Unfortunately for Rep. Pelosi, the Texas congressman has since moved away from the weaker legislation.
A bill is being proposed next week to provide President Trump with $10 billion to fund his promised southern border wall. Will the legislation pass?
“We have been talking about border security for years,” said Rep. McCaul. “Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it’s time to send a bill to President Trump’s desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve.” He said, dashing Rep. Pelosi’s hope of a bipartisan solution.
According to a recent report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigrants cost the government over $134 billion per year in service and policing, with the federal government footing the bill for $45 billion of the cost. Adopting a $15 billion increase in border security could result in significant net savings for the federal government.
Adopting a $15 billion increase in border security could result in significant net savings for the federal government. A measure that both improves border security and reduces the economic strain on the nation is the kind of measure Americans have wanted to see. Now it is up to Congress to give their constituents what they asked for.