Introduction of Border Security Bill

After my recent visit and briefing on border violence in El Paso, I introduced legislation yesterday to help keep border communities safe, strengthen the morale and effectiveness of state and local law enforcement officers, and send a message to cartels that Americans will not give in to violence.

For many in Washington, border violence is merely a talking point, but for those who live along our southern border it has become a fact of life. Talk is cheap, but talk means nothing until we follow through and deliver the tangible resources our law enforcement needs to keep border residents safe. Our government has abdicated its responsibility when it comes to border security for far too long, leaving state and local taxpayers no choice but to pick up the slack to protect communities from cartel, gang violence, and cross-border trafficking. This bill will require the federal government to do its job.

Based largely on input from local law enforcement officers near the Texas border, I introduced The Southern Border Security Assistance Act to create a $300 million border grant program for state and local law enforcement within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, which will help quickly provide resources to purchase equipment, upgrade critical information systems, and hire additional officers. The bill also requires additional federal judges to handle the caseload from increased criminal prosecutions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The new border security bill creates an expedited grant review and award process to give state and local law enforcement entities an immediate infusion of resources to support border enforcement activities. Under the bill, state, county, city agencies and sheriff departments can apply for grant funding to purchase border monitoring equipment, communications technologies, night-viewing cameras, laptops, vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters. In addition to equipment, the bill also authorizes the use of grant funds to hire and train personnel in prosecuting drug trafficking, providing administrative support, dispatchers, jailers, and cover overtime expenses. The bill also authorizes funds to hire additional judges for southwest border districts that handle significant criminal caseloads.

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George Bush,Queen Elizabeth,and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell. While there,they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for.The devil tells them it is for calling back to earth.Putin ask, to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes.When he finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars,so Putin writes a check.
Next Queen ..Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minute.
when she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars so she writes a check.
Finally George Bush gets his turn and and talks for 4 hours.When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost
is $5.00 dollars.
When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and ask the devil why
Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.
THE DEVIL SMILES AND REPLIES:
"SINCE OBAMA TOOK OVER THE COUNTRY HAS GONE TO HELL, SO IT'S A LOCAL CALL."

"program for state and local law enforcement within 100 miles..."

I wonder how long it will take the open borders crowd to attack this bill as unconstitutional?  Supremacy Clause, Pre-emption, profiling, Interstate Commerce Clause.....
 

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