Washington D.C. (KELO AM) - Congresswoman Kristi Noem joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing two bills, H.R.5230 and H.R.5272, to address the crisis on the southern border. The legislation prioritizes resources for a stronger border without raising overall federal spending and provides reforms to expedite the return home of those crossing the border illegally.
“The surge of immigrants crossing our borders illegally has strained our judicial system and Customs and Border Protection Officers, jeopardized national security, and threatened the lives of the children crossing who have been deceived about entry into this country,” said Rep. Noem. “Without leadership from this administration to curb this crisis, it was important to put forward a targeted package that secures our border, creates streamlined systems to send those who have crossed illegally back to their home countries faster, and establishes reformed policies to prevent a future crisis.”
Among other elements, H.R.5230, the House Border Crisis Supplemental Package, would:
- Authorize the deployment of the National Guard to the Southern border and provide funding to support this effort as well as reimburse states for their use of the National Guard on the southern border
- Provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security to boost border security and law enforcement activities
- Provide for accelerated judicial proceedings for immigrants by authorizing additional temporary judges, creating a “last-in, first-out” policy, and ensuring all unaccompanied alien children are treated the same as Mexican and Canadian children for the purpose of removals
- Prioritize repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador within existing aid for Central American countries
- Prohibit the federal government from denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection activities on federal land
Additionally, the House passed H.R.5272, which freezes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action from President Obama that is based on the “DREAM Act.” This will prevent the administration from approving new or previously denied applications for deferred action, thereby preventing unlawful aliens from delaying removal proceedings or qualifying for work status.