Top House Republicans debuted legislation that aims to enhance security significantly at the United States-Mexico boundary as the border crisis worsened for a sixth consecutive month under President Joe Biden.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik of New York, and a handful of committee ranking members on Thursday introduced the Border Security for America Act.
The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, New York Rep. John Katko, said the 67-page bill was put together as a result of conversations that members had with community members, law enforcement, and regional organizations while on trips to the southern border through the spring and summer.
“We’ve been down to the southern border several times to see this crisis firsthand and hear directly from those on the frontlines,” Katko said in a statement. “This legislation tackles key shortcomings and weaknesses we’ve seen for ourselves that are fueling the border crisis.”
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