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Dr. Bucshon Cosponsors Legislation Authorizing Federal Funding to Construct Border Wall, Calls on House Leadership to Quickly Schedule Vote

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after cosponsoring the Border Security for America Act of 2017 (HR 3548):

“Our nation is confronting multiple national security challenges around the globe the likes of which our nation has not seen in some time, and our national security must continue to be a top priority. For too long, our national security has been at risk because, as a nation, we have not had the political will to achieve real control of our borders. While many illegal immigrants entering our country are simply looking for a better life, inadequate border security allows violent criminals easy entry as well. The men and women who are protecting our nation’s borders do a tremendous job, but we simply haven’t provided the resources, technology, or infrastructure they need to robustly do their jobs. President Trump understands the threat posed by inadequate border security to our national security and has called on Congress to act, which is why I am cosponsoring the Border Security for America Act. Specifically, this bill authorizes $10 billion for the construction of the border wall, adds an additional 5,000 Border Patrol Agents, targets visa overstays through a biometric entry-exit system, and supports local and state law enforcement. Additionally, the bill provides $5 billion to modernize and strengthen ports of entry that will target illegal immigration and drug trafficking. I believe that multi-layered approach taken in the Border Security for America Act will finally provide our nation with the border security that they have been demanding for years and fulfills President Trump’s call to action. I call on Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, and the rest of House leadership to bring this important legislation to a vote in the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”

For more information about this legislation, you can click here.

What They’re Saying About the Border Security for America Act

“The National Border Patrol Council is greatly encouraged with the equipment and technology included in this bill to bolster the capabilities of individual Border Patrol agents. Specifically, the walls, fencing, and levees included in this bill will maximize our agents’ effectiveness by allowing them to control multiple miles of territory.” – National Border Patrol Council

“We are glad that you are committed to providing law enforcement the resources it needs to do our jobs and protect those we have sworn to serve.” The Fraternal Order of Police

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his fourth term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.