STATEMENT: House GOP’s American Security Task Force unveils legislative blueprint to secure the border in the next Congress

August 03, 2022

On July 29, Leader Kevin McCarthy’s American Security Task Force unveiled its legislative blueprint for securing the border during the 118th Congress.

Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Executive Director and Chair, Center for Homeland Security and Immigration at the America First Policy Institute, issued the following statement:

The Biden Administration’s failed immigration policies have fueled a historic border crisis that puts Americans last. After 18 months of record-setting apprehensions of illegal aliens and deadly illicit drugs, the American people are demanding policies and solutions that actually work. Since the Biden Administration refuses to reverse course on a failed border security strategy, I am glad that the Leader McCarthy’s American Security Task Force is promoting real and lasting solutions. The border security legislative framework released by the American Security Task Force includes three proven policies that will secure the border and combat human trafficking and drug cartels:

  • Reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or Remain in Mexico, to prevent illegal aliens from getting into the interior of the country;
  • Reforming the asylum process to prevent fraudulent and frivolous claims from overwhelming the system; and
  • Granting the Department of Homeland Security the authority to expel aliens apprehended at the border, similar to the emergency health authority utilized at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Biden Administration views the situation at the southern border as a processing issue rather than a rule of law and community safety matter. The American Security Task Force has identified policies that will disrupt the trafficking and smuggling networks by deterring illegal aliens from taking the journey to our southern border. Introducing these reforms will send a clear signal that lawmakers are finally taking an America First approach to border security.