Securing our Borders

ABOUT GREG ISSUES CONTACT NEWS LEGISLATION  
                     

Our immigration system is broken and we must do more to improve our border security. That’s why I recently voted to fund 55 new miles of physical barriers along our border. A country that does not have control of its borders does not have control of its national security. That’s why I have consistently supported increased funding for border security, including a physical barrier. Last year alone, I voted to provide $25 billion for border security, and then $5 billion. Sadly, Democrats in the House and Senate opposed these ideas and they failed to become law. Despite strong opposition from those like Nancy Pelosi who demanded no funding for a wall, we continue to move the ball forward to increase security at our border. Over the last two years, with my support we’ve signed into law funding to construct nearly 150 miles of physical barriers on our border; more than has been built in a decade. We also need to be sure we are taking proper steps to enforce our immigration laws. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is largely responsible for that task. While some like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have pushed to defund the agency, this funding bill supports ICE, and includes increased funding for detention beds over the prior year.   Congress needs to fix America’s broken immigration system and secure our borders. This recent legislation moves us closer to that goal, but there is more work to be done. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we continue to work towards that end.   

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

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