Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

Border Security

As the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, it is my duty to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ensure that America’s borders are secure.

Over the last several years, Congress has provided billions of dollars to secure the borders, but without an end goal in mind, much of the spending has been done in an ad hoc fashion. To secure America’s borders, a national strategy and reliable metrics to measure border security effectiveness are essential.

During the 113th Congress, I introduced H.R. 1417, the bipartisan Border Security Results Act, which requires DHS to develop a strategy to gain operational control of the borders and develop verifiable metrics to measure progress. Ten years after the creation of DHS, I believe that both are long overdue. H.R. 1417 requires the development of metrics to inform border security progress and directs DHS to develop a strategy and implementation plan to gain operational control of the border within two years, setting a standard of 90% effectiveness at apprehending illegal border crossers and interdicting illicit contraband. Achieving this standard must be based on a solid understanding of illegal border crossings and trafficking of contraband.

My bill furthermore requires the Secretary to gain situational awareness through the use of sophisticated technologies and other means, giving our border agents the ability to predict changes in illegal activity. Additionally, DHS must develop a series of verifiable metrics to gauge border security progress.  Lastly, this bill includes a series of verification provisions by outside experts to ensure that Congress is getting an independent assessment of the state of border security.

Rather than continue the resources first approach, this bill’s emphasis on effectiveness and results will ensure DHS is on the path to gain operational control of the border.


More on Border Security

Jul 28, 2017 In the News

The top homeland security Republican in the House unveiled a border security bill Friday that would codify President Donald Trump's border wall, boost resources for Border Patrol and authorize the National Guard and Defense Department to provide support to those efforts.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As the United States faces new and evolving threats to our national security, a strong, smart, multi-layered approach at our nation’s borders is required.

Jul 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Congressmen John Carter (TX-31), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today introduced bills to honor the fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. for his service by renaming the Border Patrol checkpoint where he was assigned, along U.S. Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, after him.

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – applauded the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). 

May 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced a measure in the House of Representatives that underscores the importance of a United States-Mexico relationship based on mutual respect (H.Res.336).

May 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) released the following statement in response to the passage of Texas Senate Bill 4 into law, which bans sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State.

Jan 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul today released the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order on refugees.

Jan 8, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC– Today following the announcement that Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin ‘el Chapo’ Guzman has been arrested once again by Mexican authorities, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, made the following statement:
May 26, 2015 Press Release
AUSTIN, TX – Today following the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to uphold an injunction blocking President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration, Congressman Michael McCaul issued the following statement.
May 12, 2015 Press Release
AUSTIN, TX – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) has joined 112 Congressional colleagues in signing the amicus brief in Texas et al v United States. The amicus brief is in support of a continued injunction challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty orders. The brief has been filed with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.