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

Feb 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman Emeritus of the House Homeland Security Committee
Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement after passage of the Senate-amended version of the Border Supplemental:

Jun 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement after the vote on H.R. 3401, the House Democrats’ border supplemental bill:

Jun 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee (TX-10), issued the following statement on H.R. 6.

Apr 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure:

Feb 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Chairman Emeritus on the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on the National Emergency Declaration:

Jan 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on today's funding agreement:

Jan 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after President Trump announced his compromise plan to secure our border and reopen the government.

Apr 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Jan 21, 2018 McCaul Column

For far too long, our immigration system has been in shambles. Our borders are weak and are current laws are not being enforced.  This has allowed drug smugglers, human traffickers, transnational gangs like MS-13, and terrorists to gain entry to our great state. As Texans, we have seen the results of these failed polices firsthand.