Politics

GETTING THE BORDER IN ORDER: Rep. Flores Intros First Bill to Strengthen Border Security

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.04.22

Texas Rep. Mayra Flores has introduced her first bill: the Advanced Border Coordination Act. Flores says the “status quo” on the southern border “cannot stand.”

“My first bill, the Advanced Border Coordination Act, delivers on what I came to Washington for: to solve problems impacting my constituents and district,” Flores said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The status quo regarding border security cannot stand.”

“Regardless of what this Administration says, our borders are not secure—this bill would fix this and ensure law enforcement agencies work closely together to stop illegal immigration,” she said.

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The statement came as Flores, who was elected in June in a special election, introduced the legislation along with Democratic Reps. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H. which marks a rare bipartisan effort to tackle the crisis at the southern border – which has seen more than 1.7 million migrant encounters in this fiscal year so far.

The bill would establish “Joint Operation Centers” along the border so that the hubs can coordinate border operations and allow information sharing between federal, state and local agencies. The hubs could coordinate operations to combat transnational criminal organizations and stop weapon, drugs and human smuggling.  Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.

At least two operation centers would need to be required within six months of the bill being signed into law.

Rep. Lee, in a statement, said she had returned from the border in 2019 with a commitment to fix what she called a “broken” system and called the bill a “common-sense solution.”

Flores’ fellow Republicans have been quick to rally around her and support her border initiatives.

 

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