McCaul Introduces Bill to Counter Illicit Travel to the U.S. Through the Western Hemisphere

Oct 1, 2018
Press Release
Provides DHS the Authority to Counter Bad Actors Before They Reach U.S. Soil

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced H.R. 6997, the Repatriation Assistance Act. Specifically, this legislation gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to provide financial support to foreign governments so they can return individuals from outside the Western Hemisphere to their home country who pose a national security threat to the United States.

Congressman McCaul: Known or Suspected Terrorists, wanted criminals, and other bad actors are exploiting illicit pathways throughout our hemisphere and racing towards our border. These individuals pose a serious threat to our national security and to the security of the countries they travel through.

By empowering DHS with this authority, our foreign partners will be able to better identify, detain, and transport these dangerous individuals back to their country of origin. This legislation will extend our borders and increase our homeland security by addressing the threats well before they reach U.S. soil.