Rep. Salmon Praises Passage of Bipartisan Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon passage of H.R. 5230, the Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014, which would provide additional funding and resources to help the U.S. Border Patrol secure our southwestern border.
“For the past six weeks, I’ve served with six other members of the House Border Crisis Working Group who were dedicated to finding a solution to the crisis on our southern border. Our group, appointed by Speaker Boehner, made numerous recommendations to address the problem, with the bill that passed tonight containing some of the best of those provisions.
“The final bill increases National Guard presence on the Southwest border (solely at the discretion of border governors), grants authority for Southwest border states to reallocate existing federal grants to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, allows Customs and Border Patrol on all federal lands, and fixes problems in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008—changing the catch-and-release policies of this administration to the commonsense detain-and-deport policies necessary to discourage additional illegal immigration at our border.
“Best of all, this bill is 100% paid-for without a single cent in additional spending. Sound reforms that don’t add to our deficit and debt? It doesn’t get much better than that. I praise my colleagues for their support on this vote, and I urge Harry Reid to put aside partisan politics, return the Senate to Washington, D.C., and do what’s best for the country by passing this legislation immediately.”
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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