Jun 12 2013

Senator Blunt Co-Sponsors Important Immigration Amendments To Strengthen America’s Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced today that he will co-sponsor a number of critical immigration amendments aimed at strengthening our nation’s border security and improving the underlying Senate immigration legislation (S. 744). To read Senator Blunt’s statement on the base bill, please click here.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (Texas) “RESULTS” Amendment:

• Senator Blunt believes that the most pressing concern regarding the underlying Senate bill is its failure to adequately secure our nation’s borders. That’s why he is co-sponsoring Senator Cornyn’s RESULTS amendment, which would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to achieve full situational awareness of the entire southern border and operational control of every single border sector. The RESULTS amendment also prevents violent criminals from acquiring legal status, gives law enforcement officials access to critical national security and public safety information, and ensures DHS deploys new border security metrics to more accurately gauge success or failure. Click here to read the amendment.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee’s (Utah) Congressional Approval Amendment:

• The underlying Senate bill only requires DHS to present two reports during the six months before processing applications for undocumented individuals who are seeking Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status. Senator Blunt is co-sponsoring Senator Lee’s amendment, which would require congressional approval of DHS’s border and fencing security plan, as well as DHS’s assessment of its completion. To ensure appropriate congressional oversight, Congress will vote within 30 days after receiving the submission from DHS to determine whether the action taken by the Department meets the border security objectives set forth in the bill. Click here to read the amendment.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s (Iowa) Border Trigger Amendment:

• Senator Blunt believes we must first secure our nation’s borders, then fulfill our legitimate workforce needs, and determine how we deal with people who come to the country illegally or overstay. He is co-sponsoring Senator Grassley’s amendment because it would require the southern border be “effectively” secured for six months before the DHS Secretary can grant RPI status. Effective control is defined as it is in the current legislation, which means maintaining persistent surveillance of the border and maintaining an effectiveness rate of 90 percent or higher. The effectiveness rate is determined by dividing the number of apprehensions and turn- backs by the total number of illegal entries. Click here to read the amendment.

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