Joyce To Visit Southern Border Next Week
Congressman John Joyce (PA-13), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced today that he will travel to Arizona to visit the southern border next week in order to observe the security and humanitarian there crisis first-hand.
“As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, it is my job to work with the Trump administration to curb the increased flow of undocumented immigrants into our country, and heading to the southern border will assist me in that task,” said Congressman Joyce. “First off, this trip will provide me with a chance to report back to my constituents on the true extent of our problems and undo the damage caused by the Democrats who recklessly claimed for months that there was no crisis at the border. It will also provide me with the opportunity to meet with experts on the front lines of this effort so I can gain an even further understanding of the types of legislative solutions that are needed.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will lead the delegation Joyce will be traveling with. The lawmakers will spend next Tuesday - Thursday in the Yuma area meeting with immigration officials and touring areas of interest.
During the month of March, 103,000 undocumented immigrants cross the southern border, a twelve year high. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), about 92,000 of the 103,000 migrants were apprehended between ports of entry.
Top immigration officials from both parties are in agreement that the situation at the southern border is an emergency:
- Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has likened the situation to a “category five hurricane.”
- Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and now Acting Secretary of DHS Kevin McLennan has called it a “breaking point.”
- President Obama’s former DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson has described us as “truly in a crisis.”
Earlier this week Joyce joined “Fox and Friends First” to advocate for legislative reforms to the immigration loopholes that are perpetuating the crisis.
Watch Joyce’s Interview HERE.
CONGRESSMAN JOYCE: I think we’re going to need to make changes. We have legal loopholes that we must address. Right now, we are seeing children being used as pawns coming into our country. We need to be able to safely return children. We need to pass the legislation that will give Homeland Security the ability to return children safely to their homes. Right now, I would say that this legal loophole of presenting with a child is a fast pass into entry. We need to be able to address that. We as members of Congress need to pass legislation that will allow Homeland Security to do the right thing, to return these children to their homes safely.
Joyce, a staunch advocate for the wall on the southern border, recently signed a letter in support of President Trump’s request for an additional $5 billion in funding for investments ranging from border security technology, aircraft, marine vessels, tactical infrastructure, information technology systems and the border wall system for the FY2020 budget. He also supported President Trump’s FY2020 budget request to pay for an additional 750 border patrol agents.