Prioritizing Border Security, Just as Americans Have Asked

The Secure Fence Act is a great step for border security. We know most Americans believe that preventing illegal entry into the U.S. has to be a priority, and that's what this bill reflects. The House was absolutely correct to hold hearings across the country both to highlight the depth of the illegal entry problem and to force those opposing security first reforms to explain their stance to the American people. We've made some significant progress with this bill, and with the additional funds in the Homeland Security Appropriations which add 1,500 new border agents and brings our total force up to 14,800. We'll be following this bill closely to ensure that border fencing is constructed and we'll be paying close attention to determine what additional measures need to be taken.