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Bipartisan House Bill Would Improve Transparency at Our Borders

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation awaits a vote on broad immigration reform that will bring long-term stability and security to our families and our economy, bipartisan members of the House are taking a step to improve border policy.

Today Congressmen Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) are introducing a border accountability bill that deals with training and oversight of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It would increase training and would require greater transparency and reports on the use of force and migrant deaths.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the bipartisan effort:

“A bipartisan bill from the border and for the border is a significant step toward a commonsense enforcement policy. This legislation would help ensure that transparency within Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a requirement, not just an option.

“The administration also is prioritizing greater transparency and should continue to do so. For example, CBP should release the Police Executive Research Forum’s report on its use-of-force policy. The bottom line is that we need humane border policy that boosts safety and security.

“Republicans and Democrats can work together. The nation is ready for immigration reform, and bipartisan proposals such as this bill can point the way forward toward real solutions.”

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