As the southern border with Mexico continues to cause problems for U.S. immigration enforcement, Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is working with fellow Republicans to force action from President Joe Biden.
Earlier today, Hagerty joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with nine other Senate Republican colleagues, in introducing the Secure the Border Act of 2023.
“The Biden Administration has created an unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border,” said Senator Hagerty. “This has fueled a flood of fentanyl coming into our country, which is predominantly driving the drug overdoses killing more than 100,000 Americans per year, as well as dangerous and tragic criminal activity like human trafficking and smuggling. I’m pleased to join this legislation to reverse Biden policies and require comprehensive border security to protect our nation and curb illegal immigration.”
This bill passed the House of Representatives as H.R.2. According to a press release from Sen. Hagerty, the Secure the Border Act will restart construction on the wall, tighten asylum standards, criminalize visa overstays, increase the number of Border Patrol Agents, defund Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) receiving tax dollars to help traffic illegal aliens throughout the heartland, prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using its app to resettle illegal aliens, require employers to use E-Verify and nsure CBP has access to the criminal history databases of all countries of origin and transit so that CBP is aware of the criminal history of illegal aliens encountered at the southern border.