WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mark Green of Clarksville, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Border Reinforcement Act of 2023 recently, and it was sent on to Congress for a vote.
The legislation is designed to give the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with state and local law enforcement, the tools needed to respond to the border crisis that Green said has been created by President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Following over 5 million illegal encounters at our southwest border, a worsening crisis at our northern and maritime borders, and the record number of lives lost to fentanyl poisoning across the country, it is clear this administration does not have the operational control it claims. Today, this committee introduced real border security solutions crafted with the insight of those who pay the cost of this crisis every day: frontline Border Patrol agents, their families, local business owners, state and local law enforcement, as well as farmers and ranchers,” Green said.
“This legislation demands transparency from DHS and ensures CBP and border states have the infrastructure, personnel and technology needed to take back control of our sovereign borders. It’s time to put the cartels in their place and put the protection of our communities first. This border crisis is one of the greatest security threats facing the American people. Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee won’t stand by and let it continue. It is critical that we deliver on our commitment to America by passing the Border Reinforcement Act of 2023 — there is far too much at stake to not get this right.
The Border Reinforcement Act of 2023 directs DHS to secure the borders by:
- Resuming Border Wall Construction: Requiring the DHS Secretary to immediately resume construction of the border wall.
- Bolstering CBP Staffing: Mandating hiring to meet the need of 22,000 Border Patrol agents.
- Modernizing & Enhancing Technology: Requiring CBP to develop a technology investment plan, while upgrading existing technology to ensure CBP personnel are equipped with the necessary resources to remain safe in the field.
- Demanding Transparency from DHS: Requiring DHS to disclose to Congress and make public all monthly data, including monthly known gotaway numbers, which are currently not public, on or before the 7th day of each month.
- Addressing Border Patrol Retention: Establishing retention bonuses for U.S. Border Patrol personnel who meet certain requirements to keep them protecting our country.
- Supporting Local Law Enforcement: Providing increased support through Operation Stonegarden grants to local law enforcement jurisdictions in land and maritime border states to enhance border security measures.
- Limiting Use of CBP One App: Reinstating the CBP One app’s function to its original intent by barring DHS from using it for non-commercial purposes, including immigration processing.
The legislation was supported by every Republican member of the Homeland Security Committee. It will now go to the full House for a vote.