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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Border Crisis Legislation

Washington, DC, August 1, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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This evening, the House passed two bills addressing the crisis on our southern border.  Neither bill adds to the deficit or debt because funds are taken from other accounts.  Congressman Bridenstine voted ñyesî on both.

The first bill prioritizes funding for border security and returning children to their countries of origin.  Federal funding is provided for the National Guard called up by governors to deal with the crisis.  Funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increased.  Loopholes in the 2008 trafficking law are closed, facilitating swift reuniting of children with their families back in their home countries. 

Importantly for Ft. Sill and Oklahoma, the legislation prohibits housing unauthorized immigrants on military bases if doing so will displace active duty military personnel or interfere with military activities at the installation.

The second bill in the package prevents the President from disregarding the law by blocking funds used to process any new deferred action applications or adjudication or to apply the policy to any class of unlawful residents.  This legislation also prohibits issuing work permits to anyone not in a lawful status in the U.S.

"After a laborious process working through issues, we properly balanced U.S. national security and national sovereignty with humanitarian concerns.  The House negotiated and ultimately passed good legislation," Bridenstine said.  "The House has acted to end this crisis.  It is now time for Senator Reid and President Obama to do their jobs."

  • Funding in the supplemental appropriations bill is fully offset by rescissions from existing budgeted accounts and includes:
  • $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 
  • $70 million for National Guard border efforts: $35 million for the federal deployment of the Guard and $35 million for reimbursing states for their use of the Guard on the Southern Border.
  • $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants.
  • $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to maintain custody of Unaccompanied Alien Minors in a humanitarian way until their court date.
  • $40 million redirected from foreign aid to Central American countries to support repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

 

Policy provisions in the legislation include:

  • Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are treated the same as Mexican nationals for the purpose of removals.
  • Provides authority to negotiate agreements with foreign countries regarding protections for children returned to their country of nationality.
  • Includes a "last-in, first-out" policy prioritizing removal of minors most recently arrived.
  • Prohibits denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) activities on federal land.
  • Authorizes deployment of National Guard to the Southern border.

 

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CONTACT:
Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director
Phone: 202-225-2211
Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov

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