Culberson Statement on Border Security and Immigration Bills
Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today issued the following statement on the House’s consideration of H.R. 4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 and H.R. 6136 – Border Security and Immigration Reform Act.
“Our nation was founded and built by immigrants yearning to breathe free. I believe we should continue building on that proud tradition by welcoming newcomers into our nation, while insisting that they follow our laws and learn our history.
“The federal government is directly responsible for enforcing existing laws that secure our borders, keep our communities safe, and ensure the safe and legal movement of people and goods across our borders. Unfortunately, our country’s immigration system is badly broken. It is often easier for people to enter the United States illegally than it is for them to enter legally.
“I co-authored and voted for Representative Goodlatte’s (VA-06) original legislation, H.R. 4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018. Importantly, this bill would help ensure that children of illegal immigrants are not separated from their parents when apprehended crossing the border illegally. This bill would make much needed investments to secure our borders from drug smugglers, human traffickers, and transnational criminal organizations. It would mandate e-verify to reduce the economic incentive that plays a large role in enticing illegal immigration and would help combat visa fraud. It would provide critical authorities to ensure that dangerous criminal aliens are kept in custody until removed from the country.
“The bill would also provide a solution for DACA recipients who were brought to the United States as young children so long as they stay out of trouble and stay in school or keep a job. This bill is far from perfect – I do not believe that we should reduce legal immigration or move the goalposts on those waiting in line to come here legally. At the end of the day, I felt compelled to vote yes on this bill to secure our border, prevent small children from being separated from their parents, and to provide a solution for DACA recipients.
“Today, I voted against H.R. 6136 – Border Security and Immigration Reform Act for several important reasons. While the bill provides much needed border security funding and a solution for the DACA population, it does not include
“As both of these bills failed to pass, I call on the House to immediately provide a permanent legislative solution to ensure small children are not separated from their parents while their immigration case is being adjudicated.
“I remain committed to finding a legislative balance that secures our borders, reduces illegal immigration, and provides a solution for DACA recipients.”