We Need Practical and Focused Border Security Legislation

Despite a determined effort by House Republicans and leaders, it appears the sweeping border security legislation we passed will not be signed into law this Congress.  Attempts to enact comprehensive legislation including amnesty or guest worker programs have stalled the debate and produced zero tangible results.  Since the large bills are proving too controversial or unwieldy, now is a good time to revisit practical and focused legislation such as H.R. 4360, the Border Law Enforcement Act.

Last year I introduced H.R. 4360, the Border Law Enforcement Act with my colleague, Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX).  It would provide authority and direct federal funding for border county Sheriffs to support Border Patrol agents in securing our southern border.  The bill would implement a plan called “Operation Linebacker,

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