Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015by Representative Charles J. "Chuck" Fleischmann
Posted on 2015-01-13
FLEISCHMANN. Madam Chairman, I rise in support of the 2015
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Our subcommittee
has worked diligently on this legislation, and I want to thank Chairman
Carter and the entire staff for countless hours they have put in
crafting the bill before us today. This legislation prioritizes our
national security and strengthens border security, while addressing
numerous issues that have arisen in the past year.
Last year, tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children entered the United States illegally while the administration sat on its hands. Rather than deal with the crisis, the President further exacerbated the problem and encouraged more people to try to bypass the legal immigration process when he granted executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Today, the House has the opportunity to correct these mistakes by passing this legislation. In addition to the responsible and deliberate funding levels laid out in the bill, House Republicans are offering key amendments to completely defund the President's executive actions and restore order to the legal administration process by ensuring that those who came here illegally will not be allowed to bypass those who sought to come here through the right and legal way.
I urge my colleagues to vote for these provisions and the underlying bill.