WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 5230, Making Supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and H.R. 5272, To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States:
"The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border. In recent months, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States illegally, most of whom have come into our country through the Texas-Mexico border. This dire situation threatens the rule of law.
"That is why the House passed legislation today that would immediately provide targeted funding to help our law enforcement officials deal with our existing problems on the border. Additionally, I am glad that the House approved a measure that would stop the President from using taxpayer dollars to expand the DACA program.
"As a Texan, I recognize the stress that the border crisis is placing on our cities, schools, and hospitals. While it is vital that we address the humanitarian issues that have come with this crisis, we must secure our borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. I believe that the two bills that passed the House today are a good first step, and I call on the Senate to vote on these bills to help secure our border."
Doug Andres, Communications Director