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  • VISAS
  • IMMIGRATION REFORM
  • BORDER SECURITY
Winning Issue » BORDER SECURITY


Our porous southern border is blamed for the large number of undocumented immigrants in our country. About 1.6 million undocumented immigrants migrated to the U.S. in both 2020 and 2021. However, during the 10 previous years this number averaged only about 500,000 people – including those who decided to return to their native countries. In 2007, there were 12.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. and 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2017. It is estimated that in January of 2022 the illegal immigrant population stood at 11.35 million. Our border patrol has doubled in size since 2005 and quintupled in size since 1993. Some politicians have suggested building a wall along our Southern border at a cost of $45 billion including private land acquisitions. We already have nearly 700 miles of fencing along our northern and southern borders. However, critics say a wall would be a waste of money because walls can be breached and would have no effect on securing the 19,000 cargo containers crossing our borders each day. The Department of Homeland Security uses unattended ground sensors, truck-mounted and remote video surveillance systems, drones and fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to stem illegal immigration. Border security advocates claim increasing this type of technology would be more effective in securing our border than a wall.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.1707 - Border Visibility and Security Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Chip Roy (TX)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current border security policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA).
  • I support directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to install surveillance technology and take other actions with respect to the U.S.-Mexico border by:

    1.) Deploying the most practical and effective technology available to achieve situational awareness and operational control of the border, including radar surveillance systems, tunnel detection technology and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    2.) Waiving legal requirements as necessary in order to implement the necessary surveillance technology along the border.

    3.) Authorizing DHS to: (a.) construct a navigable road along at least 700 miles of the southwest border, (b.) permanently eradicate certain foliage that grows along the Rio Grande River, and (c.) report to Congress a comprehensive strategy about the barriers and technologies needed to secure operational control along the border.

    4.) Requiring drug cartel funds that have been criminally forfeited to the U.S. government to be reserved for security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Chip Roy (TX) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to install surveillance technology and take other actions with respect to the U.S.-Mexico border by:

    1.) Deploying the most practical and effective technology available to achieve situational awareness and operational control of the border, including radar surveillance systems, tunnel detection technology and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    2.) Waiving legal requirements as necessary in order to implement the necessary surveillance technology along the border.

    3.) Authorizing DHS to: (a.) construct a navigable road along at least 700 miles of the southwest border, (b.) permanently eradicate certain foliage that grows along the Rio Grande River, and (c.) report to Congress a comprehensive strategy about the barriers and technologies needed to secure operational control along the border.

    4.) Requiring drug cartel funds that have been criminally forfeited to the U.S. government to be reserved for security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Chip Roy (TX) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Chip Roy (TX) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.1707 - Border Visibility and Security Act (117th Congress 2021-2022), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, Center for Immigration Studies will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for improving security along our southern border.

About: The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization. We pursue a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
May 22, 2023
Trustee Election - Closing Date
May 29, 2023