House Majority Leader McCarthy signals introduction
California Representative Kevin McCarthy, who is the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, said he intends to introduce legislation this week that would give full funding to the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is seeking support from his party’s rank and file members.
“Few things are more fundamental to a nation than a protected border,” Representative McCarthy tweeted. “Proud to introduce the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act.”
“For decades, America’s inability to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration has encouraged millions to undertake a dangerous journey to come here in violation of our laws and created a huge loophole to the legal channels to the immigration process where America welcomes immigrants to our country,” Representative McCarthy said. “The American people want us to build the wall and enforce the law. Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility.”
He said his legislation will also include measures that deal with sanctuary cities, criminal gangs, and other immigration-related issues. However, it will not include any policies on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Full funding will require an additional $23.4 billion. Congress has already directed $1.6 billion to the wall project.
Representative McCarthy is scheduled to travel to the border this week where he will receive an operations and threat briefing from Border Patrol and law enforcement officials.
- For wisdom for Representative McCarthy and others in the House of Representatives as they evaluate legislation regarding national security.
- For members of the Border Patrol and others who work to maintain the security of America along its borders.