Statement on Democrats’ Refusal to Secure the Border

Jan 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement:

Congressman McCaul: Drugs smugglers, violent gangs like MS-13, human traffickers, and even potential terrorists are overwhelming our southern border and infecting our neighborhoods. Families with small children are making the dangerous trek across hundreds of miles and putting their lives at risk. There is no question that this is a longstanding national security and humanitarian crisis.

“Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress are simply un-interested in securing our border and the country is suffering because of it.

“In June, every single Democrat in the House voted against my bill to build a barrier, put more boots on the ground, provide advanced technology, close legal loopholes, and create a permanent fix to DACA.  Passing this legislation would have prevented the situation we are in today.

“This week, Democratic leaders walked in front of the cameras and said they want border security but refused to compromise at all. This is politics at its worst.

“The President has shown good faith by dropping his funding demand from $25 billion to $5.7 billion and for accepting a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall. A similar barrier already exists along parts of the border. It was authorized by the Secure Fence Act in 2006 and supported by Chuck Schumer. This kind of flip flop is proof that the Democrats are just playing politics. Where is their counter offer?

“Ending the partial shutdown without solving this problem will make the situation worse in the future. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Chuck Schumer lecture others about putting politics aside and doing what’s best for the country. They need to put their dishonest talking points away and take their own advice.

“The American people have demanded action and it’s time to deliver.