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Capital Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on the Secure our Borders First Act

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Secure our Borders First Act of 2015 (H.R. 399; To view visit: Text of Legislation .) this week.  GOP leaders have indicated that this measure could be the first in a series of bills to their piecemeal approach for immigration reform. 

Unfortunately, the measure does too little to stop illegal immigration.   Instead of making a strong stand against President Barack Obama's recent executive actions granting relief from deportation to millions of illegal aliens, the Republican leadership is trying to rally support for the border security bill instead.  The measure does nothing to address President Obama's lax of any enforcement of immigration laws.  The bill is an attempt by GOP leadership to convince the America people they are doing something to secure the border when in fact they are doing nothing.  For example, the bill leaves too much decision-making in the hands of Obama's bureaucrats and deals only with the border.  The loopholes illegal aliens use to enter the country are not closed by the bill.  In the past few years, illegal crossings at the southern border have increased and the massive flaws in the United States (U.S.) system were exposed by the massive surge of Central American illegal aliens the past summer.  And on the condition they return for deportation hearings, which often has proved to be futile, most of the tens of thousands of illegal aliens were processed and released.  Once again illegal aliens from Central America have begun to increase again over the past couple of months though the surge peaked in June and then dissipated.  To house these illegal aliens, and to pay for attorneys to help illegal aliens argue their deportation cases and help Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala try to keep their citizens from leaving, President Obama has requested billions of dollars of funding that Congress has never approved.

The bill requests the use of a range of technology, that includes a minimum number of hours of drone flights along the border and within five years requires implementing new biometric identity security measures at all points of entry into the U.S.  Also, to restricted federal lands that are used by illegal aliens to sneak into the country the measure allows border patrol access. And by filling in and completing miles of existing gaps and constructing 27 miles of new fencing the bill calls for completion of the southern border fence.    

Unless U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are allowed to do their jobs and immigration laws are actually being enforced, border security cannot be achieved.  The GOP leadership is using this Trojan Horse measure as a fig leaf but is part of a bigger plan that will allow them to push amnesty for illegal aliens through Congress.  A credible bill would include at minimum the detention of all border violators and expedited deportations back to their country of origin and a mandatory system for employers to check the legality of job applicants.  

What Can You Do?  

 Urge your representative to NOT SUPPORT   the Secure our Borders First Act of 2015. 

Contact Information:  

Capitol Hill Switchboard Number: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To find out who your representative is visit ... Find Your Representative 

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to Directory of Representatives

 

 

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