I have been to our southern border and the situation there is a crisis. Border Agents I have met with confirmed that record-setting numbers of migrants, unaccompanied minors and illicit drugs have poured across the border just in the first few months of 2021. We must work together to secure our border and end this humanitarian, national security and public health crisis.
Unfortunately, with the stroke of a pen, President Joe Biden overturned many immigration policies that were proven to work. Following my visit to the border, I have championed common sense solutions to end the crisis. These include finishing the wall, reinstating the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, maintaining Title 42 authority to protect our public health, requiring a negative COVID test before releasing migrants, and sending a clear message around the globe: don’t come to the United States illegally. We have solutions that have been proven to work and I will continue pushing to end this crisis.
During any consideration of immigration legislation, I have three key principles that I plan to stick to:
- Any effort to fix our immigration system must first start with securing our borders. Enforcement and border security need to be addressed first as part of a common-sense, step-by-step approach that focuses on a long-term solution.
- Any reforms must contribute to the American economy and enrich hard-working Americans. Part of staying competitive is making sure that we’re attracting the best and brightest people from around the world. That’s the American tradition, and it’s why we need immigration reform that reflects the needs of our employers and job creators.
- Any reforms must recognize that we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country. We cannot continue to have an immigration system that rewards people who break our laws while punishing those who want to follow them.
Unfortunately, the federal government has not only been unwilling to adequately secure the border, but it has failed in its responsibility to establish and carry out a comprehensive plan to do so. I have long supported measures to strengthen our border security.
I’ve cosponsored legislation to force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a plan that demands results verified by metrics to hold the administration accountable. This plan mandates a comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain situational awareness and operational control of the border and is fully supported by the National Sheriffs’ Association.
DHS must report these results to independent agencies to be verified and to ensure that the plan is feasible and fully secures the border. But the buck stops with Congress – DHS must report to Congress every step of the way to verify the plan’s strategy, implementation, metrics and mandated results.
I’ve also voted to:
- Increase funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by $110.6 Million
- Authorize the highest number of CBP and Border Security Officers in history
- Fully fund the mandated detention beds required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Authorize and fund President Donald Trump’s request for border wall construction
- Provide additional technology, roads and other tactical infrastructure while increasing boots on the ground and border patrol
- Require full implementation at all air, land and sea ports of entry
This is not just an immigration issue - it is a national security and a humanitarian crisis. We must be able to make intelligent decisions about who and what crosses our borders. Establishing a plan that demands results will help keep us safe and will prevent criminals, drug cartels and terrorists from exploiting our porous borders.
A reform to our system without this critical component is a non-starter for me. While I can’t predict what the outcome of the immigration debate will be, I can assure you that I’m listening to your priorities at home and sharing them with my colleagues in Washington.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on H.R. 3985, the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act of 2021, that passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which Rep. Hudson co-sponsored, protects our Afghan partners and expedites the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.
House Republicans have declared that they will start work again on the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if they win control of the House in the midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reported on Monday.
When he entered the White House in January, President Joe Biden halted construction of new sections of the border wall, one of former President Donald Trump’s major projects.
The GOP apparently plans to make border security a top campaign issue for the midterms next year.
House Republicans, eager to elevate border security to a top 2022 campaign issue, said Monday they would revive the now-stalled construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that was championed by former President Donald Trump and nixed by President Joe Biden.
“I think we need to look at every possible tool,” House Conference Committee Chairwoman Liz Cheney said at the Republican issues retreat in Orlando, Florida. “That includes the wall, and it includes technology and being able to move again toward agreements where people who are seeking asylum stay in Mexico.”
The crisis at our border continues to get worse and the fallout continues to mount.
In the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we held a hearing last week on the opioid epidemic. We discussed how fentanyl-based substance use has skyrocketed over the past year while we have dealt with lockdowns and the pandemic. We also learned the Biden Border Crisis is only making this problem worse.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following his visit to the border last week, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), joined Fox Business Network's Cavuto: Coast to Coast today to discuss the Biden border crisis.
"I was on the border. I toured those facilities and everyone I talked to said the surge we are seeing now, this historical trend, is caused directly by Joe Biden overturning those Trump-era policies that we saw work," said Rep. Hudson.
I have just recently returned from a visit to our southern border and it’s worse than I thought.
While touring several sites and meeting with border patrol agents on the ground, they confirmed what I have been saying all along: the Biden border crisis is a humanitarian, national security, and public health crisis.
McAllen, TX – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), met with U.S. Border Patrol Agents and toured several sites on the southern border yesterday and today. Rep. Hudson, the House Republican Conference Secretary, joined other House leadership and Members of Congress on the visit which included a tour of the Donna Migrant Processing Facility, Rio Grande River, border wall and McAllen Border Patrol Station.
MISSION, Texas (WTVD) -- U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC, visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday as the political battles about immigration policies appear to reach yet another climax in a decades-long debate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the House Republican Conference Secretary, will join House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and other Members at the southern border this week to meet with Border Patrol Agents and tour several key immigration facilities and sites.
WASHINGTON D.C., DC — A growing crisis at the U.S. southern border is prompting a North Carolina congressman to join almost a dozen House Republican leaders on a trip to meet with Border Patrol Agents and tour several key immigration facilities and sites.
"The Biden border crisis is a self-inflicted humanitarian, national security and public health crisis," Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) said. "I have demanded answers from the Biden Administration about its disastrous border policies, including that of releasing COVID-positive migrants into our country."