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.
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Earlier this week Congress acted to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the current fiscal year. Under no circumstances was I going to let DHS shut down.
The threats facing the United States today are as serious as they were immediately before September 11th, 2001. I do not believe that shutting down the department that oversees transportation security, border security and critical counterterrorism efforts would be in the best interest of our country.
Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and 169 other House Republicans today sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) demanding him to stop censoring debate on a critical bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security’s operations for Fiscal Year 2015 and defund unconstitutional programs created unilaterally by President Obama. These signatures were gathered in about 24 hours.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to defund in its entirety President Obama’s recent immigration executive orders and fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.