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Border Security and Immigration

The issues of Border Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress. I have visited the Texas-Mexico border to observe the security measures by the Department of Homeland Security first-hand.

Our northern and southern borders face a number of challenges every day including undocumented individuals illegally entering the United States to live and work; transnational criminals trying to smuggle in weapons and drugs; extremists who wish to disrupt our daily lives; and human trafficking – to name a few.

As a life-long Texan and former Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I understand the importance of securing our border. I believe it is our responsibility to ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to protect our border and keep us safe.

Border security is not only critical for national security, but also for continued economic growth.

Our North American neighbors – Canada and Mexico – are America’s largest export markets, so it is just as important to make sure our border policies enable the legal transportation of goods as long as they stop the illegal transportation of products and people.

I continue to hear the concerns of constituents about this issue and am committed to securing our borders. 

More on Border Security and Immigration

November 21, 2014 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am disappointed and deeply concerned with President Obama’s decision to take executive action to change our nation’s immigration laws. This is an unprecedented abuse of the executive authority for which there is no basis in the rule of law. President Obama has even stated in the past that such actions would not be an appropriate use of constitutional authority.

November 20, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s planned immigration executive actions that he outlined in a speech this evening.

July 31, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, spoke on the House floor today in the support of the House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental legislation.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you Mr. Chairman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, As we speak, unaccompanied minors continue to be sent from Central America through drug cartel smuggling networks across Mexico and through our southern border.

July 31, 2014 Press Release

House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental Legislation
Myths and Facts


Myth: The bill would abolish voluntary return for unaccompanied minors.

Fact: The bill would make all unaccompanied minors eligible for voluntary return immediately, speeding the return of many unaccompanied minors to their home countries. Current law only allows UACs from contiguous countries to be eligible for voluntary return.

Myth: This bill will result in more people getting asylum.

July 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, testified today during the House Rules Committee hearing on H.R. 5230, the House border crisis supplemental legislation. Granger discussed the Working Group recommendations included in the supplemental legislation.

Granger’s Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member Slaughter.

July 29, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement regarding the policy recommendations included in the House border crisis supplemental package.   

July 23, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement announcing the group’s recommendations and solutions.

July 18, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement regarding the working group.

“The working group, appointed by Speaker Boehner to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border, has made extraordinary progress in a short amount of time to understand the facts of the situation at the border, and develop sensible, humane, but tough recommendations on a course of action for Congress and the President to act on immediately.

July 18, 2014 Article

FORT WORTH — The chairwoman of the GOP group studying the border crisis said Friday that a Dallas County plan to house up to 2,000 immigrant children who illegally entered the country is misguided.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, said it wasn’t a good idea to place children in abandoned schools. And she said the goal should be to quickly send the children who aren’t victims of child trafficking and other heinous actions back to their countries of origin.

July 9, 2014 Press Release

After meeting today, the Speaker’s working group issued the following statement regarding the humanitarian and national security crisis at the southern border. The working group will provide the first update to the House GOP Conference on Tuesday, July 15. The Members of the working group include: Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX), chairwoman of the working group, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA), Chairman Michael McCaul (TX), Chairman John Carter (TX), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), Congressman Steve Pearce (NM), and Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ).

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