McSally Legislation to Secure Southern Border Nearly Receives Votes Needed to Pass House
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s bill to secure the southern border fell just twenty-two votes shy of passing the House of Representatives. The Securing America’s Future Act, introduced in January, secures the border, closes many legal loopholes, ends chain migration and the visa lottery, addresses the issue of family seperation and moves to provide a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“I’ve been working tirelessly on this bill since September of last year and it’s unfortunate it fell short today because it represents an important step to keeping our country safe,” said Rep. McSally. As a representative of border communities in Southern Arizona, I have witnessed first-hand the security threats we face and the dysfunction of our immigration system. The provisions contained in this bill are thoughtful solutions to solve the serious issues that continue to impact communities in Arizona and the rest of the country. Like many pieces of legislation, this bill was not perfect and certain improvements that had been made over the last six months were left out. This large vote total represents a huge victory for those of us who believe the border must be secured and I remain ready to lead and help deliver legislation to the President’s desk that he can sign into law.”
The bill addresses the porous southern border by authorizing the construction of a border wall, investing in new technology, and improving, modernizing, and expanding ports of entry. The bill strengthens lax enforcement policies and closes loopholes within the existing legal immigration system that are being exploited by drug cartels, human traffickers, and violent gangs like MS-13. H.R. 4760 also takes important strides to refocus legal immigration on skills needed in the Unites States. Lastly, the legislation provides DACA beneficiaries a 3-year renewable legal status, while ensuring that gang members, individuals who have criminal convictions, or convictions in juvenile court for serious crimes are not eligible for legal status.