Skip to comments.House Lawmakers Move Border Wall Closer to Reality
Posted on 10/05/2017 10:32:09 AM PDT by conservative98
The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday took an important step toward building President Donald Trumps wall, advancing legislation containing money for the barrier, along with beefed-up border security.
The committee, on a party-line 18-12 vote, sent the Border Security for America Act of 2017 to the full House of Representatives. It has $10 billion for tactical infrastructure, including physical barriers where appropriate. It also provides for the hiring of 5,000 additional customs officers and 5,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents.
In addition, the legislation would spend $5 billion to improve ports of entry and would fully implement an entry-exit system to guard against people overstaying their visas. It was a reform recommended by the 9/11 Commission.
"The American people are threatened by international terrorists, human traffickers, drug smugglers, and transnational gangs like MS-13 who try to sneak into our country, bring harm to our communities, and disrupt our way of life," committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said. "Allowing this to continue is completely unacceptable."
McCaul said a wall in certain sections would be helpful but stressed that other security measures are just as important.
"While physical barriers and advanced technology are important parts of achieving our goal, this bill goes even further," he said.
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Vela voted against his own amendment as did every other committee member except for Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who voted "present." Vela said he offered it to highlight how "absurd" the wall is.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking minority member of the committee, said building a wall is the wrong approach to security.
"This bill would authorize President Trump's wall at all costs," he said. "It is a $15 billion boondoggle that abandons past bipartisan efforts to stop throwing money at the border in an ad hoc way in favor of strategically employing resources."
They had 30 years since Reagan to go the strategic forces route.
What’s crystal clear, is that we didn’t even enforce the laws with the manpower we had.
New laws is a hollow promise. They won’t enforce them. So NO!
We need the wall you a__holes!
The wall has become a revealing object. It reveals the treason of leftists and some RINOs. We have prototypes being built right now, and soon, we’ll know which one is the specific one picked, so the bill could contain the actual specifics of the wall. They are absolutely in their death throes. It’s amusing to watch.
LOL. A Democrat concerned about boondoggles? LOL.
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