Keller: Border Fix Must Take Care of Americans First

June 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act:

“We have a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border because for years politicians have failed to fix our broken immigration laws, and yesterday’s vote was no different,” Keller said. “The bill put forth by Democrats, which I voted against, does not support the men and women who keep Americans safe, fails to secure our border, and lacks serious enforcement mechanisms. Any deal to address our border crisis must take care of Americans first. This bill does not. Democrats should spend less time obstructing our president and more time getting serious about fixing our immigration laws or this crisis is only going to get worse.”

The House Democrats’ border emergency supplemental appropriations bill falls short of the resources needed to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the border. The bill lacks funding to investigate human traffickers smuggling children across the border; does not include funding for active duty and National Guard military personnel who are deployed at the border; cuts overtime payments for law enforcement officers; provides no additional funding for immigration judges; restricts the Department of Health and Human Services from modifying agency policies related to sponsors of unaccompanied alien children, even if such modifications could improve child welfare; and forces the State Department to spend funds in Central American countries even if the countries are not working to stop migration to the United States.

The House passed H.R. 3401 by a vote of 230-195.