U.S. Representative Ed Royce

39th District of California

Keeping the Pledge on Immigration: Royce Announces Plan to Introduce Immigration Reform Legislation

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Washington, February 3, 2011 | comments

Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) announced his plan to introduce legislation that will address all three areas of immigration reform laid out in the Pledge to America.

"This week I traveled to the US-Mexico Border. I had the opportunity to witness the challenges facing our Customs personnel and the Border Patrol, and I learned first-hand what resources and tools are necessary to improve operational control of the border," said Rep. Ed Royce.

Based on the provisions included in A Pledge to America, Rep. Royce’s legislation will call for establishing operational control of the border, working with state and local officials to enforce immigration laws, and strengthening visa security.

"With increasing violence along the US-Mexico border and recent news reports of terrorists taking advantage of our porous border, I know all too well that border security is national security. Now more than ever we must work to secure our borders," said Royce.

NOTE: The Pledge contains three immigration reform components:

1) Establish Operational Control of the Border We will ensure that the Border Patrol has the tools it needs to establish operational control of the border. For example we will prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands.

2) Work with State and Local Officials to Enforce Our Immigration Laws The problem of illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels engaged in an increasingly violent conflict means we need all hands on deck to address this challenge. We will reaffirm the authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all federal immigration laws.  

3) Strengthen Visa Security To stop terrorists like Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day bomber, we will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked.


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