October 19th, 2016
I recently wrote a piece about the increase in guest workers and the remarkably consistent level of entries, legal and illegal, of workers and new lawful permanent residents. The main choice the U.S.
May 27th, 2016
The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry may finally see some light at the end of the tunnel after Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump promised them some answers.
February 19th, 2016
"Using a grieving father to accuse Joe Straus of a horrific murder committed by a career criminal is deplorable and irresponsible."
February 1st, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) division announced late last week it is testing a program to operate Predator drones from a civilian airport in San Angelo, Texas.
December 24th, 2015
The recent Omnibus increased H-2B visas for seasonal non-agricultural workers by not counting some renewals against the annual cap of 66,000.
December 8th, 2015
A new children’s book has been released honoring slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The book, You Are My Hero, was created by his sister and a friend to honor the slain agent who was murdered nearly five...
October 1st, 2015
The trial of the two men accused of murdering U.S. Border Patrol Brian Terry has been a long time coming. During the nearly five years since his murder, Terry’s family has been forced to endure unimaginable frustration, pain...
July 28th, 2015
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in efforts to give states more flexibility in how they use federal transportation funds,...
June 18th, 2015
The flow of unauthorized immigrants to the United States has collapsed. The apprehension of illegal immigrants by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the best proxy measurement of the flow of such people, along the...
June 11th, 2015
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and I wrapped up our visit on a two-day trip to Laredo, which was prompted by an attack on a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter on Friday afternoon...
October 5th, 2016
Creating a legal pathway for lower-skilled workers to come and work greatly reduces unlawful immigration.
March 31st, 2016
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump claims he is going to build a wall along the border and get Mexico to pay for it.
February 8th, 2016
On Friday, I was on the U.S./Mexico border at McAllen with several other Members of Congress. The visit confirmed my belief that Border Security is not one of the Obama Administration’s priorities. With Homeland Security...
January 30th, 2016
An Associated Press investigation revealed that unaccompanied minors who crossed the border alone into the U.S.
December 20th, 2015
While I recognize that this bill is in no way perfect, it provides responsible funding for conservative principles, increases transparency, and accountability at federal agencies and puts a stop to executive overreach that...
November 11th, 2015
Without common ground, and with emotional demands to “deport them all,” we’ll still be debating this four years from now.
August 17th, 2015
Texas is sending fifty-two new Department of Public Safety troopers to the Texas/Mexico border region. The new troopers are part of the State’s efforts to beef up border security by providing more permanent law enforcement...
June 26th, 2015
Members of the Illinois National Guard (ING) head to help secure the border between Texas and Mexico. Approximately twenty soldiers and one helicopter will join other National Guard units from across the nation as part of...
June 15th, 2015
Last Monday I traveled to Laredo with Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz to make a firsthand assessment of the dangerous conditions our border patrol agents face every day.
May 22nd, 2015
In my new assignment as Chairman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, I am working to ensure that federal agencies under my jurisdiction uphold the law as written by Congress – not as the President wishes they were...