On the same day Secretary of Homeland Security finally visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona that is housing over 1000 illegal entrants including and those claiming to be minors, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks introduced the National Border and Homeland Security Act.
Johnson joined Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino.
At the Nogales Placement Center, Secretary Johnson, Governor Brewer and Mayor Garino met with CBP Joint Field Command Commander Jeffrey Self, CBP Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jose Cruz and other CBP leadership to review and discuss site operations in support of the recent influx of entrants. During the visit, Secretary Johnson said that the Nogales Placement Center is a short term facility.
Long term facilities are currently being prepared for the entrants.
In a slight to Brewer, Johnson thanked Mayor Garino for his support, and “reiterated the importance of communication with State and local officials in addressing the ongoing response to the influx of unaccompanied children and adults with children coming across the southwest border,” according to a statement released by DHS.
Brewer used the opportunity to raise money for her PAC and gather signatures, “It’s outrageous what the Obama Administration is doing – deliberately neglecting to secure the border, encouraging illegal immigration and then abandoning these children in our state,” she posted on Facebook. “WE MUST SECURE OUR BORDER before there is any more talk about comprehensive immigration reform!
Join me in this fight and sign my petition at http://janpac.com/abandoned-in-arizona”
On the other side of the country Franks was proposing legislation that would create 6,000 new full-time positions for border patrol agents, as well as giving Border Patrol “critical access to the 40 percent of land between California and El Paso controlled by the federal government – much of it in the form of national parks and wildlife refuges where border patrol agents are often denied access” according to a statement released by Frank’s office.
According to Franks, “Border security and national security are inextricably linked. A porous border is an open invitation to those who wish to harm America, and for too long our borders have been an inviting access point for drug smugglers, human traffickers, and potential terrorists. The situation has only become more dire in light of the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border en masse.
“Much like in a surgical procedure, the first step undeniably must be to stop the bleeding. The National Border and Homeland Security Act aims to do precisely that.”
The National Border and Homeland Security Act would direct the Department of Homeland Security to finish the construction of fencing, and to provide for the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors to gain operational control of the southwest border. Operational control of the border will no longer be defined solely by DHS, but will require consultation with border governors, mayors, and sheriffs.
The bill also “better equips” border patrol agents to protect our national security by providing the advanced equipment necessary to scan for nuclear materials.