From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:
Today, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) supported H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which will improve border security, provide for stricter oversight and increase transparency within the DHS. It will also address and defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which effectively granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
“The President’s unilateral actions on immigration have completely undermined our legal immigration system in the United States. While I agree that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, granting blanket amnesty will only encourage those outside the U.S. to come here illegally,” said Dr. Harris. “The bill we passed today will fund important functions of the Department of Homeland Security, like enhanced border security and anti-terrorist measures, while putting the interests of those who are entering this country through the legal immigration system ahead of those who are here illegally.”
The bill increases funding to the Department of Homeland Security to bolster border security, anti-terrorist efforts, and immigration and customs enforcement. It also requires that DHS submit comprehensive spending plans to Congress, which to increase oversight and transparency of how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
“I agree that immigration is an important issue that we need to address, but the President’s plan of granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is not the answer,” added Dr. Harris.
The legislation passed the House 236 to 191.