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house Bill H.R. 878

Increased Congressional Oversight of United States Customs and Border Protection

Argument in favor

Streamlines and clarifies the mission and objectives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB). Integrates, streamlines and modernizes national security.

BTSundra's Opinion
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02/25/2016
If this results in a safer border, and therefore a safer populous, I'm all for it.
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Loraki's Opinion
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02/21/2017
I like what Countable member Patrick Mike said: "This administration has obstructed the good people of ICE and Border Patrol from doing their jobs. Fortunately, the reign of His Royal Highness King Barry [the First of His Name, Race-Baiter in Chief, He Who Leads from Behind, Lord of the Democrats, Father of Drones, Creator of Laws, Shredder of the Constitution, Chief Cheerleader of the Slayers of Bin Laden, Islamist-in-Chief and Defender of The Muslim Brotherhood, Abandoner of the Israelites and the Ambassador, Liberator of the Taliban, Advocate of the Atomic Ayatollahs, Obsessor over Planetary Temperature, Fast Tracker of Refugees, Perfecter of the Golf Game, Destroyer of American Exceptionalism and the American Economy] is coming to an end. Good riddance. Coronated November 4, 2008; Deposed 8 November 2016."
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02/21/2017
I liken this HR bill to a trip guide. When starting a trip, you obviously know your starting point. It's the destination and all points between that determines success. Thus, for success, data points are necessary for evaluation. If guides are not set, failure rates increases as well as expense because government love's throwing taxpayers money at failed systems. Please refer to our past experience on building a border wall. Money was allocated without strict over site and the project slowly just vanished into the Federal Bureaucracy.
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Argument opposed

Changes to management seem likely, due to congressional criticism of the agency, but whether such changes translate to a better CPB remains unclear.

jimmydick's Opinion
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10/08/2016
Haven't we learned most things congress touches goes down the drain??
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Kristine 's Opinion
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01/16/2016
Congressional oversight? Please the Republicans are horrible
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William's Opinion
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07/22/2015
No change just for change sake. Make sure it will improve the Agency before you make changes
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What is House Bill H.R. 878?

This bill would “authorize” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), clarifying security functions of CBP’s office of border patrol, office of field operations, and marine, air, and intelligence offices. The CPB is now the largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Its duties include regulating U.S. international trade and enforcing customs and immigration regulations. 

In 2003, Congress passed the Homeland Security Act—legislation that organized 22 different agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The U.S. Customs Service became part of the Department of Homeland Security and was subsequently split into two, new agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

The Homeland Security Act, which was pushed through Congress in the wake of 9/11, makes mention of border patrol, broadly, but does not make mention of specifically the CBP. In addition to clarifying the CBP's objectives and procedures, the bill would also eliminate language from the Homeland Security Act that applies to federal agencies that no longer exist. 

Impact

People trying to enter the country illegally; the CBP; Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 878

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

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In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) stated in a speech on the House floor supporting a previous version of this bill that:
"H.R. 3846, the United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, is the first attempt by Congress since the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security to clearly delineate the current authorities and responsibilities of the largest Federal law enforcement entity in our Nation. The fact that this agency has been operating for as long as they have without a clear statutory mandate from Congress and the American people certainly is a problem that needs to be corrected."
Of Note: This bill has been proposed before. In 2014, Miller introduced this bill to the House. Although the previous version passed the House, it never received a vote on the floor of the Senate.

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AKA

United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act

Official Title

To provide for the authorization of border, maritime, and transportation security responsibilities and functions in the Department of Homeland Security and the establishment of United States Customs and Border Protection, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Trade
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 11th, 2015
    If this results in a safer border, and therefore a safer populous, I'm all for it.
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    I like what Countable member Patrick Mike said: "This administration has obstructed the good people of ICE and Border Patrol from doing their jobs. Fortunately, the reign of His Royal Highness King Barry [the First of His Name, Race-Baiter in Chief, He Who Leads from Behind, Lord of the Democrats, Father of Drones, Creator of Laws, Shredder of the Constitution, Chief Cheerleader of the Slayers of Bin Laden, Islamist-in-Chief and Defender of The Muslim Brotherhood, Abandoner of the Israelites and the Ambassador, Liberator of the Taliban, Advocate of the Atomic Ayatollahs, Obsessor over Planetary Temperature, Fast Tracker of Refugees, Perfecter of the Golf Game, Destroyer of American Exceptionalism and the American Economy] is coming to an end. Good riddance. Coronated November 4, 2008; Deposed 8 November 2016."
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    I liken this HR bill to a trip guide. When starting a trip, you obviously know your starting point. It's the destination and all points between that determines success. Thus, for success, data points are necessary for evaluation. If guides are not set, failure rates increases as well as expense because government love's throwing taxpayers money at failed systems. Please refer to our past experience on building a border wall. Money was allocated without strict over site and the project slowly just vanished into the Federal Bureaucracy.
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    Secure our border. Enforce existing immigration law. Prevent illegals from obtaining Federal, State and local government benefits. Problem solved...
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    More oversight will help make sure that ICE follows their mandate.
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    Haven't we learned most things congress touches goes down the drain??
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    Congress must secure the border.
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    So we insure people are being treated with respect
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    Congress must secure our border with out violating our constitutional rights, they must also hold agents that abuse power be held accountable.
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    Congressional oversight? Please the Republicans are horrible
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    This administration has obstructed the good people of ICE and Border Patrol from doing their jobs. Fortunately, the reign of His Royal Highness King Barry [the First of His Name, Race-Baiter in Chief, He Who Leads from Behind, Lord of the Democrats, Father of Drones, Creator of Laws, Shredder of the Constitution, Chief Cheerleader of the Slayers of Bin Laden, Islamist-in-Chief and Defender of The Muslim Brotherhood, Abandoner of the Israelites and the Ambassador, Liberator of the Taliban, Advocate of the Atomic Ayatollahs, Obsessor over Planetary Temperature, Fast Tracker of Refugees, Perfecter of the Golf Game, Destroyer of American Exceptionalism and the American Economy] is coming to an end. Good riddance. Coronated November 4, 2008; Deposed 8 November 2016.
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    We need secure borders and quit spending over $343 billion dollars on programs designed strictly for illegals and then blame Social Security for why finances are bad.
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    If this makes the border more secure and safe, i'm for it!
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    No change just for change sake. Make sure it will improve the Agency before you make changes
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    This is a really great idea, but the fact they have to use existing funds to enact this change is idiotic. Imagine you're traveling in one direction and you have enough fuel to get there, but then you're told you have to travel to a different direction that will hinder the distance you can travel and you're not allowed to get more fuel.
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    Congress although not greatly respected for its recent peccadilloes is still more trustworthy than the Executive branch with its criminal empowering AG.
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    Given its history, congressional oversight never helps any situation. This would just cause more waste and delays.
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    They need less oversight. Go weapons free and let them aggressively pursue persons that invade our border.
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    Yes, but how long are we going to drag this issue down through the centuries?
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    Yeah, this is sure to work. Congress screws up everything they touch.
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