Hultgren Supports Measures to Secure Border, Prohibit Funding for President’s Immigration Executive Order
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted in support of the House passage of two bills to address the crisis at the southern border and send immediate relief to law enforcement there, and prohibit funding for President Obama’s executive orders which human trafficking organization have used to convince families to send their children to the border to gain instant entry into the United States.
“The crisis at the border was fueled by administration policies that altered our already insufficient border enforcement and encouraged these children to put themselves in the hands or smugglers and human traffickers,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We have said from the beginning that we need to send clear messages to these countries about our immigration policies, as these bills passed today do. Sending reinforcements to the border is a temporary but needed boost to our national security efforts. Slowing the influx and appropriately processing these children should be our first priority until we reach a long-term solution to this crisis. Sending the National Guard, which has experience in humanitarian crises, will allow them to assist federal agencies at the border. We must address the exposed weaknesses in border enforcement before we will ever be in the position to address visa system reforms.
“Further, we must stop the president from abusing the immigration laws already passed by Congress. Refusing to enforce the law is against the Constitution and sends mixed messages to children put at risk by attempting to come here and endangering their safety. I trust the Senate will not play games while the fate of these children hangs in the balance. If the Senate attaches the Schumer bill, that proves they’re not serious about taking this necessary step toward solving this problem and are instead using children as pawns in their political game.”
H.R. 5320 is a border supplemental appropriations bill which takes the following actions:
Securing Our Southwest Border
- Increases National Guard presence and boosts DHS border security and enforcement including increasing detention capacity and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security.
- Accelerates judicial proceedings by providing funds to hire temporary immigration judges.
Addressing the Border Crisis
- Includes $694M to meet immediate border security and humanitarian needs.
- Fully offsets funding through cuts and rescissions of existing funds.
Providing Humanitarian Aid and Preventing Future Crises
- Temporarily shelters and provides assistance to unaccompanied children with additional funding for housing facilities, meals and other temporary care.
- Redirects up to $40M in previously appropriated funds for reintegration in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to ensure these countries will quickly accept and repatriate those returning home from the United States.
Making Smart Policy Reforms
- Changes a 2008 law to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removal.
- Prohibits the administration from restricting CBP activities on federal land.
- Strengthens the law prohibiting immigration status to criminals convicted of serious drug crimes.
- Expresses a “Sense of Congress” that unauthorized aliens should not be housed at military installations unless certain conditions are met.
H.R. 5272 would prohibit the use of federal funds to consider or adjudicate any new or previously denied application under President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or to authorize work permits for unaccompanied minor children. This would ensure each unaccompanied minor who arrives to the United States is humanely and expeditiously returned to their home countries unless they are under the control of traffickers, or face other dangerous circumstances, as laid out by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).