Special to the News-Times
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Morgan Luttrell, R-Texas 8, the Vice Chair of Border Security and Enforcement Subcommittee on the Homeland Security Committee, lauded the House passing the Secure the Border Act.
However, he lamented Democratic resistance to the measure.
“I am proud to have helped craft and voted for the Secure the Border Act that will take back control of our borders, establish crucial immigration policies, and make our country safe again,” Luttrell said. “It is unfortunate that rather than addressing one of the most important issues to Americans, my colleagues across the aisle railed against legislation that would secure President Biden’s open border, which has led to a fentanyl crisis, attempted crossings by terrorists, and unchecked child exploitation. While the Biden Administration and Democrats continue to be extraordinarily unserious about the border crisis, House Republicans are delivering on our promise to secure our border and keep Americans safe.”
Luttrell and his Republican colleagues on the Committee on Homeland Security traveled to McAllen for a field hearing on the border crisis where he heard testimonies from Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Texas Department of Public Safety, Kinney County Sheriff, and National Border Patrol Council.
In April, CHS also heard testimony from Secretary Mayorkas. During this hearing, Luttrell challenged Mayorkas about the ongoing fentanyl crisis that has been exacerbated by the Administration’s open border policies, while having two parents in attendance who have lost children to drug overdoses.
The legislation passed today included provisions specifically drafted by Congressman Luttrell:
•Publication by CBP of operational statistics — Requires Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to report Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) hits and whether the individuals were released into the interior of the United States, in addition to reports on got-away numbers.
•Report to Congress on terrorist crossings — Requires a report to Congress detailing which terrorist organizations are attempting to exploit the northern, southern, and maritime borders to get their members in.
Morgan Luttrell represents District 8, which includes San Jacinto County, in the Texas Legislature.