As you may know, Congress reached a deal and sent a spending bill to President Trump’s desk. I opposed the bill because it fell far short of providing the necessary resources to secure our homeland and stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the border. Our border security and law enforcement leaders said we needed $5.7 billion to secure our border. The funding in this bill? Not even in the same ballpark. In fact, I am concerned that the insufficient resources provided in this bill will only exacerbate the crisis at our southern border and jeopardize our ability to address other immigration issues - DACA, extended work visas for agricultural workers – in a timely manner. Simply put, I could not vote for a bill that does not fund Congress’ core national security function of securing our citizens.
President Trump has signed the spending bill and is looking to secure other funding to secure the border. The strategy employed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat leadership was to obstruct, put politics in front of our national security, and leave the President with no choice but to declare a national emergency. Speaker Pelosi and her supporters refused to do their jobs and they are hurting our country.
Make no mistake about it, the situation at the border is a crisis. Each month 60,000 people attempt to enter our country illegally, more than 2,000 a day. And despite the rhetoric from the other side, walls work. In 2009, after a comprehensive barrier was constructed in and around El Paso, TX, illegal immigration apprehensions in that area decreased nearly 67%.
This week I joined Liz Claman on Fox Business to discuss the border crisis and the spending deal. Click here to watch.
In News you won’t hear in the mainstream media…During the debate on the spending bill, Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team attempted to add a poison-pill demand at the last minute. Their extreme demand would have added a hard, statutory cap on the number of illegal immigrants who could be detained by the federal government. If enacted, this provision would have resulted in the release of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants and prevented federal and state law enforcement authorities from doing their job and keeping our communities safe.
Placing a cap on ICE detention beds would undermine the efficacy of the immigration system and reduce the number of aliens who are removed from the country. By the way, 90% of ICE's arrests are of illegal immigrants who have criminal convictions, have been arrested for a criminal offense, or have been previously removed from the nation.
In other news this week, I attended the Have a Heart for a Hero Benefit Dinner for Keystone Military Families at the Temple Fire Company in Berks County.
Earlier this week, I met with Major General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General in my D.C. office for a status update on the Pennsylvania National Guard and what they need. Fort Indiantown Gap is located in the 9th Congressional District and is consistently voted the busiest National Guard training center in the nation.
We have made progress working on the storm water fee issue. I met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again this week and they agreed to hold a meeting along with the Chesapeake Bay authority in our District to discuss the issue and how the fees can be reduced. I sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on the issue and am working with our state senators and representatives to provide relief for our constituents. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest news regarding this issue.
Folks, President Trump and the Republican plan for our country will accentuate all the positive aspects of our nation:
Law and Order in our Communities and at the Border
Conservation of Resources
Continuous Effort to Limit the Size and Role of the Federal Government and End Overregulation
Promote an Agenda that Includes Fiscal Responsibility
The Democrat leadership is currently in line with the New Democrat Socialist Party. Certainly all the Democratic presidential candidates are aligning with the socialist movement and seem to be in a fight to get to the left of each other. We need to appreciate now how important it is to stay united and require our government to focus on the policy issues and principles that made our country great. In Congress, I am witnessing first-hand the Socialist Democrat Party's lack of interest in stopping illegal immigration, gan-Green New Deal and their attempt to erode our individual rights, like the 2nd Amendment. Alexander Hamilton once said about the House of Representatives, "Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives." That requires an active and engaged electorate.
Thank you for your continued support,