Cornyn Chairs Border Security Hearing


In: All News   Posted 05/23/2017
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‘The fact is our borders are still porous, and we have not done a good enough job of making sure that the Department of Homeland Security has the resources you need in order to get the job done.’

‘If we really want to secure our borders, and I think the voters in this last presidential election indicated they did, we must be willing to devote the necessary level of funding to achieve it.’

‘We also must continue to encourage and facilitate legitimate trade and travel to keep the economy growing. Many people don’t realize how much border trade impacts the U.S. economy. Texas is the number one exporting state in the country. And our biggest customer – far and away – is Mexico.’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, today led a hearing with the Acting Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ron Vitiello, to address ideas for strengthening security along the United States’ southern border.  Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s opening remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here

“The fact is our borders are still porous, and we have not done a good enough job of making sure that the Department of Homeland Security has the resources you need in order to get the job done. CBP has been understaffed and underfunded for years.  While we continually ask CBP to increase its efforts on border security, we have left them with antiquated equipment, outdated systems, crumbling infrastructure, and hiring requirements that make it near impossible for CBP to recruit and retain good agents and officers.”

“They truly have some of the toughest jobs in the world: defending the homeland across varied terrain, keeping out those who are trying to get into the country illegally, and curtailing the drug trade.”

“If we really want to secure our borders, and I think the voters in this last presidential election indicated they did, we must be willing to devote the necessary level of funding to achieve it.”

“We also must continue to encourage and facilitate legitimate trade and travel to keep the economy growing. Many people don’t realize how much border trade impacts the U.S. economy. Texas is the number one exporting state in the country. And our biggest customer – far and away – is Mexico.”

“To facilitate this trade we must have working bridges, ports of entry, and border crossings and the border personnel to staff them.”

“Chief, we look forward to hearing from you and continuing to work with you and are anxious to learn about the progress that’s been made by increasing resources, technology, and personnel on the Southern border.”