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Republicans fall down on border security


by: Congressman Silvestre Reyes

Fri Jul 21, 2006 at 05:35 PM CDT


( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

Throughout my career in the U.S. Border Patrol and since being elected to Congress, I have been an advocate for increased border. Despite their rhetoric to the contrary, House Republicans have opposed my efforts to increase border resources and border security.

You could say, the most action House Republicans have taken on border security has been in the course of opposing more resources for the border.

On the other hand, in terms of noise-making on the issue, the House GOP is unmatched. I figure, they need to be loud in order to obscure the fact that Republicans are splintered on the issue of border enforcement and immigration. From the President to the Senate to the House to the states, the GOP Caucus can't agree on protecting our borders and ensuring our national security.

Anyway, read below the fold for the Republican record on border security in the House. Republicans opposed and voted against increased resources for the border 11 times!

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Throughout my career in the U.S. Border Patrol and since being elected to Congress, I have been an advocate for increased border security. Despite their rhetoric to the contrary, House Republicans have opposed my efforts to increase border resources and border security.

You could say, the most action House Republicans have taken on border security has been in the course of opposing more resources for the border.

On the other hand, in terms of noise-making on the issue, the House GOP is unmatched. I figure, they need to be loud in order to obscure the fact that Republicans are splintered on the issue of border enforcement and immigration. From the President to the Senate to the House to the states, the GOP Caucus can't agree on protecting our borders and ensuring our national security.

Anyway, here is the Republican record on border security in the House. Republicans opposed and voted against increased resources for the border 11 times!

2001 Vote #454 - November 28, 2001 - H.R. 3338, FY 2002 Defense Appropriations/ Emergency Supplemental: Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $223 million for border security - to help meet the promises in the 2001 PATRIOT Act on border staffing and to build needed border facilities.

2003 Vote #301 - June 24, 2003 - H.R. 2555, FY 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations: Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $300 million for border security, including making a further down payment on the promise of Congress in the 2001 PATRIOT Act to triple the number of border agents and inspectors along the northern border.

2003 Vote #305 - June 24, 2003 - H.R. 2555, FY 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations: Republicans once again voted AGAINST $300 million for enhancing border security, including adding border agents and inspectors along the northern border.

2004 Vote #243 - June 16, 2004 - H.R. 4567, FY 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations: Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $750 million for border security -- to help meet the promises in the PATRIOT Act on border staffing, better monitor our borders, and deploy radiation portal monitors.

2005 Vote #160 - May 5, 2005 - H.R. 1268, FY 2005 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report: Republicans voted AGAINST a motion to send the report back to conference with instructions to add $284 million for border security measures - that would bring funding for border security in the conference report up to the level in the Senate-passed bill. The $284 million included the funding for 550 additional Border Patrol agents and 200 additional immigration agents that was included in the Senate bill.

For FY 2006 and FY 2007, Republicans Have Repeatedly Broken the Promises they Made on Border Security in the Intelligence Reform (9/11) Act of 2004: In December 2004, the Congress enacted the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act (PL 108-458). One of the key commitments Congress made in that Act was to beef up border security measures. This included the specific promise of providing 2,000 additional Border Patrol agents, 800 additional immigration agents, and 8,000 additional detention beds per year from FY 2006 through FY 2010. And yet, both for FY 2006 and FY 2007, the Republican Congress has repeatedly voted against efforts to meet this mandate, as seen below.

2005 Vote #174 - May 17, 2005 - H.R. 2360, FY 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations: Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $400 million for border security, to meet the promises Congress made on additional Border Patrol agents, immigration agents, and detention beds in the 9/11 Act.

2005 Vote #187 - May 18, 2005 - H.R. 1817, FY 2006 Homeland Security Authorization: Republicans voted AGAINST a Democratic substitute to the Homeland Security Authorization bill that was designed to fulfill the promises in the 9/11 Act. The Democratic substitute included a full authorization for funding a total of 800 additional immigration agents for 2006 promised in the 9/11 Act and a full authorization for funding a total of 8,000 additional detention beds for 2006 promised in the 9/11 Act.

2005 Vote #188 - May 18, 2005 - H.R. 1817, FY 2006 Homeland Security Authorization: Republicans voted AGAINST a motion to recommit the Homeland Security Authorization bill with instructions to report it back immediately with instructions to add 15 mandates from the Intelligence Reform (or 9/11) Act that had not been included in the Republican bill.

2006 Vote #56 - March 16, 2006 - H.R. 4939, FY 2006 Supplemental Appropriations: Republicans defeated an amendment to H.R. 4939, FY 2006 Supplemental Appropriations, offered by Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN), which would have added $600 million for border security measures to the bill. The $600 million included $400 million for installation of 1,500 radiation portal monitors at locations along the border and $200 million for additional air patrols and other aviation assets at our land borders.

2006 Vote #210 - May 25, 2006 - H.R. 5441, FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations: Republicans voted AGAINST consideration of an amendment that would have added $2.1 billion for border security, including $1.5 billion to meet the promises Congress made on additional Border Patrol agents, immigration agents, and detention beds in the 9/11 Act.



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The Repubilcan Hypocrisy on Immigration (0.00 / 0)
The Republicans say one thing to appease the immigration reform groups and then do another to appease the employers of illegal immigrants.  What it comes down to. Hypocrisy at its worst.

The Democrats, however, aren't that much better. Most of whom need to go back and listen to the warning of Barbara Jordan. 

Millions of Americans are unemployed as a result of being displaced by millions of "guest workers" who are willing to work for less and in less safe conditions and without regard to labor law protections.  Rather obvious why the employers are lining the pockets of all the politicians to promote the "guest worker" program.

And none of them at any point consider the national security issue.  It simply doesn't matter.  And to be honest, never did.


Excellent recap on the legislative record Congressman Reyes (0.00 / 0)
They're simply grandstanding in an election year.  I noticed that all of the bills you listed were bills since 2001.  Their side always likes to play the 9/11 card, but when it's come to increasing spending on border security, they show they haven't done much.  Now all of a sudden in an election year, they're waving the border terror card.  Never mind that the terrorists didn't use the southern border to enter the county.

Good job at pointing out their hypocrisy.


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