Border Security Bill Elicits Concern along Southern, Northern Borders

January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even as the House has delayed action on the border security bill introduced this month by Republican Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), border communities and leaders are speaking out against it.

The “Secure Our Borders First Act,” H.R. 399, “is an ineffective approach for controlling our border and is a waste of taxpayer money,” begins a press release from United Brownsville in Texas.

“What we want is just to make sure that anything we do, number one, works, and number two, doesn’t cause undue delays at our northern borders,” said Republican Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27), who proposed an amendment that would delay biometric tests for people exiting the U.S.

Also speaking against the bill in Texas: business and economic development leaders in the Rio Grande Valley and the border community of Edinburg.

“We urge Congress to consider that the cost to implement this legislation would far outweigh the minimal reductions in illegal immigration and insecurity it may yield,” Edinburg Mayor Richard H. Garcia said.

“Border communities are concerned about this bill, and some outright oppose it,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “We’re hearing similar concern from business, law enforcement and faith leaders in Texas and elsewhere. We need members of both parties to get real about replacing our broken immigration system.”