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house Bill H.R. 43

Increased Emergency Funding for Border Security

Argument in favor

Securing the border should be the top homeland security priority in light of the threats facing America. States are overwhelmed and require more resources.

wsdraperv's Opinion
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12/07/2016
Build the wall and THEN keep them out and deport the criminals.
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Keep illegal immiigrants out of the country.
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jackson's Opinion
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08/07/2015
Unless we truly secure our border, it will continue to be one of our biggest defense weaknesses. We need to make sure we are financially stable enough to tackle any border problems that may arise.
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Argument opposed

This bill throws resources at the problem without offering a broader, more holistic strategy for securing the border. A serious issue requires a serious response, not stopgap legislation.

Taret's Opinion
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05/20/2015
Honestly this seems to be just throwing more money at a problem and not seeing results. Congress should focus its efforts on passing meaningful immigration legislation first.
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Rita 's Opinion
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03/04/2016
What's the point? The agents have already been told not to apprehend and if they don't like it, find another job.
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Chas's Opinion
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04/15/2016
Which border should we secure? Believing all threats come from Mexico is ignoring facts!
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What is House Bill H.R. 43?

H.R. 72  would authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Attorney General to send more resources to states on a U.S. border if  that state’s governor requests federal assistance because of a border emergency.

The DHS and Attorney General could authorize the deployment of up to 500 extra:

  • Border Patrol agents
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents,
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
Under this bill, agents would be helping existing border patrol forces to patrol the border for drug trafficking, and the smuggling of people, firearms, explosives, and alcohol.

The DHS would be required to:

  • Increase the number of Border Patrol helicopters and power boats.

  • Establish a fleet of motor vehicles appropriate for Border Patrol use.

  • Equip those vehicles with computers capable of accessing law enforcement databases.

  • Improve and expand the radio communication infrastructure in areas that the Border Patrol operates.

  • Provide Border Patrol with global positioning system devices (GPS), night vision equipment, high-quality body armor, reliable and effective weapons, and uniforms.

An ATF, DEA, and Border Patrol Task Force would be established to monitor and report to Congress and the President on the trade and sale of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives along U.S. borders. The Attorney General would also be authorized to make border security grants to sheriffs’ offices and police departments located in counties within 25 miles of the southern U.S. border.

Impact

Border communities, people trying to traffic drugs, people, and other substances across the border, law enforcement agencies in counties within 25 miles of the U.S. border, the DEA, ATF, Border Patrol, DHS, state governors, and the Attorney General.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 43

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note:

Powerful Mexican drug cartels have killed (directly and indirectly) more than 100,000 people while displacing another 1.6 million. It has had major repercussions for the U.S. with cartels operating in over 230 domestic cities, and killing more than 500 American civilians.

The porous border with Mexico has also created other national security problems for the U.S. Texas Governor Rick Perry deployed the Texas National Guard to the Mexican border in to stop the flow of illegal immigrants crossing into his state. Thousands of unaccompanied minors recently crossed the U.S. border, and the problems associated with detaining the children led President Obama to ask for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis. Additionally, the rise of ISIS and the threat posed by the Ebola epidemic have led some members of Congress to call for increased security on America’s southern border.


Media:

DHS Secretary Testimony - Cartels in US Cities

ABC News - Houston

The Daily Beast 

CNN 

Council on Foreign Relations

(Photo Credit: DenOfGeek.com)

AKA

Border Security, Cooperation, and Act Now Drug War Prevention Act of 2015

Official Title

To provide for emergency deployments of United States Border Patrol agents and to increase the number of DEA and ATF agents along the international border of the United States to increase resources to identify and eliminate illicit sources of firearms into Mexico for use by violent drug trafficking organizations and for other lawful activities, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015