Congressman Rooney Statement on use of National Guard for Border Security

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Congressman Rooney Statement on use of National Guard for Border Security, April 5, 2018 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Naples, FL - Congressman Rooney has been and continues to be a strong advocate for securing our border and fixing our broken visa system.


Congressman Rooney said, “It is certainly within the President’s right to utilize the National Guard, and both Presidents Bush and Obama have done the same, but whatever we do now to interdict the large march from Honduras is a short-term fix. Congress must provide a long-term solution that will fix both our border and our broken visa system, and I have worked hard to this end. About one-half of all people in the United States illegally right now came via our visa system, then overstayed. Incredibly, we have no process to enforce visa durations and detect unlawful overstays.


The Senate should pass the legislation the House has sent to them on asylum, visas, and immigration. We must control who enters our country.”


Within his first 15 months, Congressman Rooney has sponsored or co-sponsored the following legislation:


H.R. 3548, Border Security for America Act –

  • Comprehensive border protection to include border infrastructure, border agents, National Guard assistance, and targeting of visa overstays.


H.R. 4850, Asylum Protection Act –

  • Requires asylum seekers who enter through a port of entry to claim asylum upon arrival, or in absence of entrance through a port of entry, within 30 days of arrival


H.R. 3775, Immigration in the National Interest Act –

  • Establish skills-based/family-focused/limited immigration; eliminates diversity lottery.


H.R. 82, Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act –

  • Prohibits financial aid to countries who refuse or delay acceptance of its citizens.


H.R. 3711, Legal Workforce Act –

  • Requires U.S. employers to run all future hires through the E-Verify system.


H.R. 2233, American Jobs First Act –

  • Revises H1-B nonimmigrant visa program, and eliminates visa lottery system.


H.R. 486, Grants Law - 

  • Ends “catch and release” of illegals who have been arrested for deportable crimes.


H.R. 80, Resettlement Accountability National Security Act –

  • Suspends immigrants coming into the U.S. under the refugee resettlement program.


In addition to these bills, Congressman Rooney voted in favor of increased funding for ICE and an increase in immigration judges to speed the deportation process. He has also supported the following bills that were passed by the House of Representatives:


  • H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law – Enhances criminal penalties for illegal aliens with criminal records that have been convicted of illegal entry and subsequently return to the United States.


  • H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act – Provides for stricter penalties for jurisdictions that operate as sanctuary cities, including barring Department of Justice and Homeland Security grants from being allocated to sanctuary jurisdictions.


  • H.R. 3697, Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act - Ensures that criminal alien gang members, such as MS-13, are deported quickly and never allowed to re-enter the United States.


The House has passed several bills related to immigration which are still awaiting action by the Senate.




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