McSally Votes in Favor of Trump-Backed Legislation to Secure the Southern Border
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally voted in favor of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. The legislation contains the four pillars proposed by President Trump to secure our southern border, end the visa lottery system, move the U.S. towards a merit-based immigration system, and provides a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) population. It also allows families to stay together while the law is enforced. The bill failed in the House 121 to 301.
"Securing our Southern border has been one of my highest priorities since I arrived in Congress three and a half years ago. To my constituents, the porous border and broken immigration system are not stories they see on T.V. or read about in the newspaper but part of their everyday lives,” said Congresswoman McSally. “I believe the legislation I have been working on since September of last year, the Securing America’s Future Act, took a stronger approach to addressing these problems, but I do not believe making the perfect the enemy of the good does anything to make our country safer either. However, like President Trump, I supported this bill because it represents a tangible solution for these important issues. I stand ready and look forward to continuing to work with the President to find a way to get the mission done.”
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act:
- Secures the Border: Provides nearly $25 billion for border security, which includes funding President Trump’s border wall as well as technology and infrastructure. The bill also provides an increase of Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers and modernizes and expands ports of entry.
- Contains More Tools to Prevent Illegal Immigration: This legislation roots out fraudulent claims of asylum, guarantees that unaccompanied children are returned safely to their country of origin, and provides the Department of Homeland Security with the ability to remove dangerous criminal aliens, alien gang members, and aliens who participate in gang-related activities from U.S. soil.
- Modernizes Our Immigration System: The bill ends the visa lottery, reduces chain migration, and shifts towards a merit-based immigration system.
- Provides a DACA Fix: 6-year renewable legal status for DACA recipients contingent on specific requirements such as enrollment in an educational institute, acquired a high school diploma or GED, and has a clean criminal history.