Donovan Votes to Authorize $10 Billion for Border Wall
Washington, DC – October 4, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted to support President Trump’s proposed border wall by authorizing $10 billion for deployment and construction. The measure is part of the Border Security for America Act, which authorizes the federal government to take a variety of steps to stop illegal entries in the United States.
Congressman Donovan said, “Our immigration system is broken, but any repairs we make are meaningless unless we stop illegal immigration. We’re a sovereign nation and it’s our responsibility to know who enters and leaves through our borders. I fully support President Trump’s push to secure the border and will continue advocating in the Homeland Security Committee to make it happen.”
Major provisions of the Border Security for America Act:
- Authorizes a border wall – Provides $10 billion to deploy and construct required infrastructure to achieve full operational control and situational awareness on the border
- Secures Ports of Entry – Provides $5 billion to improve, modernize, and enhance ports of entry to target illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
- Puts More Boots on the Ground – Adds 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 CBP Officers to help secure U.S. borders.
- More Air and Marine Flight Hours – Increases the number of annual flight hours of CBP’s Air and Marine Operations and prioritizes the requests for support from the Chief of the Border Patrol to secure the southern border.
- Use of the National Guard – Authorizes use of the National Guard on the southern border to support Border Patrol Agents.
- Targets Visa Overstays – Targets visa overstays through the Biometric Entry-Exit System at all ports of entry.
- Supports Local Law Enforcement – Doubles the Stonegarden grant program to $110 million for state and local law enforcement to combat drug trafficking and smuggling along the border.