House Republicans tout border security plan that would partially resume Border Wall construction
"We know physical infrastructure works," said Chairman Mark Green.
House Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee proposed legislation to bolster security at the border and resume construction on parts of a border wall.
The Border Reinforcement Act would mandate the construction of at least 900 miles of border wall, according to The Hill. Construction on frontier barriers has largely slowed to a halt under President Joe Biden.
"We know physical infrastructure works. It’s crucial to meeting the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and helping frontline law enforcement succeed," said Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., per the outlet. "Our goal is to give agents the tools they need to secure our border, not technological Band-Aids that incentivize more illegal immigration, such as the CBP One app."
The legislation would further allocate $100 million to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire and retain staff, require at least 22,000 "full-time equivalent" Border Patrol agents, require the administration to post a bevy of immigration data, and bar funding to non-governmental organizations aiding noncitizen arrivals.
While the measure would implement a number of Republican-supported initiatives, it faces a hurdle in the Democratic Senate should it clear the House of Representatives. It also comes amid an ongoing debate about raising the debt ceiling, with Republicans advocating for federal spending cuts to balance the budget.
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