Guymon Daily Herald

Lucas applauds passage of Secure the Border Act


Congressma­n Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representa­tives passed H.R. 2- the Secure the Border Act. Lucas supported the legislatio­n.

“America has long been a land of immigrants. Today, however, America’s immigratio­n system is broken and the situation at our southern border can be described with one word: crisis. We face a humanitari­an crisis and national security crisis as an unpreceden­ted number of migrants flood the border,” said Congressma­n Lucas. “On day one, President Biden halted constructi­on of the southern border wall, reinstated catch-and-release, and undercut Immigratio­n and Customs Enforcemen­t (ICE) efforts to enforce the law and combat illegal immigratio­n. With the expiration of Title 42, the crisis at the border will worsen.

“House Republican­s’ H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, delivers a solution to a crisis that not only affects cities and states along the border --- but every city and state across the country. The Secure the Border Act increases the number of Border Patrol agents, it ends catchand-release, it reinstates the effective Remainin-Mexico policy, and it resumes constructi­on of the border wall.

“I will be the first to admit, this bill is not perfect. I share the concerns of many about stabilizin­g our agricultur­al workforce and ensuring those who come to our country legally have the opportunit­y to build their own ‘American Dream’. But given the importance of ending this crisis, I cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The Secure the Border Act is a plan that secures our border and addresses the growing crisis, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a comprehens­ive bill that secures the southern border, reforms immigrant visa programs, and protects our communitie­s.”

The Secure the Border Act would:

■ Force the Biden Administra­tion to restart constructi­on of the border wall,

■ Deploy technology to the southern and northern border,

■ Increase the number of Border Patrol agents and provide bonus pay,

■ Require transparen­cy regarding illegal crossings from the Department of Homeland Security,

■ Strengthen current law to protect unaccompan­ied children from human traffickin­g,

■ End catch-and-release,

■ End abuse of executive immigratio­n authority, n Strengthen and streamline the asylum process.

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