Washington, D.C. – As the United States faces new and evolving threats to our national security, a strong, smart, multi-layered approach at our nation’s borders is required. Today House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3548, the Border Security for America Act. This legislation calls for building additional physical barriers, which includes wall, levee wall, fencing, technology, as well a surge in personnel. The bill targets illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking at our ports of entry and identifies visa overstays through full deployment of the Biometric Entry-Exit System. It also supports local law enforcement through increases in resources to aggressively fight crimes on the southern border. The recent tragedy in San Antonio, Texas highlights the porous nature of our border and the sad reality that can come from not properly securing it.


Chairman McCaul: Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue. Illegal immigrants, smugglers, and drug cartels continue to infiltrate our country so we must quickly secure the homeland through infrastructure, technology, and personnel. We are talking about a historic, multi-layered defense system that makes it nearly impossible for bad actors to slip through the cracks. We must have physical barriers—including a wall where necessary and fencing when appropriate, the right technology, and more personnel in place to enforce our laws and detain those attempting to enter illegally. Interior enforcement is another key element of our security, and I fully support Chairman Goodlatte’s Davis Oliver legislation (H.R. 2431). My bill finally provides Americans the secure border they have long demanded and deserve.”


Key Points of the Bill:

  • Authorizes Border Wall – Provides $10 billion for the deployment and construction of tactical infrastructure and technology to achieve full operational control and situational awareness. This deployment includes wall, fencing, technology, air assets, and other barriers.
  • Secures Ports of Entry – Provides $5 billion to improve, modernize, and enhance our ports of entry. It targets illegal immigration and drug trafficking at our ports while increasing lawful trade and travel.
  • Puts More Boots on the Ground – Adds 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 CBP Officers and streamlines the way that veterans and existing law enforcement officers can be hired.
  • Use of the National Guard – Authorizes use of the National Guard along the southern border to help with aviation and intelligence support and allows for $35 million in reimbursement for states, like Texas, that have called out the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Targets Visa Overstays – Identifies visa overstays through full deployment of the Biometric Entry-Exit System at all ports of entry.
  • Supports Local Law Enforcement – Doubles the Stonegarden grant program at $110 million for state and local law enforcement to aggressively fight drug trafficking, smuggling, and other crimes on the southern border.