A coalition of national and state groups are calling on Congress to attach the Secure the Border Act to any spending bill that funds the federal government. 

According to a letter sent to congressional leaders, the groups argue enacting spending agreements without adding House Resolution 2 will “result in the continuation of funding and policies put in place by the disastrous FY2023 omnibus.”

“At this point, Congress will be faced with a clear and unavoidable policy choice: secure the borders by attaching H.R. 2 to the CR or continue to fund the Biden Administration’s intentional, man-made crisis. If H.R. 2 is attached to the CR, as it should be, then the Biden Administration must choose: shut down the border crisis and fund the government or shut down the government in order to maintain the border crisis.”

House Resolution 2, also known as the Secure the Borders Act, was passed by the House in May; however, it was left pending in the Senate and is awaiting further consideration. H.R. 2 would limit the ability of the Department of Homeland Security to provide parole to illegal aliens, which allows them to enter the United States temporarily. The bill also would require DHS to construct at least 900 miles of border wall and physical barriers along the border. 

With the federal funding due to expire on September 30, Texans for Strong Borders, America First Policy Institute, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime, Border 911, Center for the American Way of Life, The Counterpoint Institute for Policy, Research, and Education, The Eagle Forum, Joseph Edlow, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Heritage Action for America, the Heritage Foundation, Tom Homan, Derek Maltz, Mark Morgan, The National Immigration Center for Enforcement, NumbersUSA, Rodney Scott, and The Texas Public Policy Foundation are urging Congress to include the act in the spending bill. 

“It is your duty to use any means necessary to address the Biden Administration’s open-borders agenda that not only undermines the rule of law, but threatens national sovereignty, economic security, and public safety daily,” reads the letter. “Congress cannot simply continue to fund the flood of illegal aliens this administration is ushering into America every day.”

The letter highlights that since the House passed H.R. 2, U.S. Border Patrol agents have encountered more than one million illegal aliens, which brings the overall total under the Biden administration to more than seven million. Those numbers exclude an estimated 1.7 million known “gotaways” who successfully evaded border patrol agents or crossed undetected. 

Texas Scorecard reported that July saw a spike in illegal alien encounters at the border. The number of encounters rose by almost 40,000 from June, which saw 144,566 encounters.

Nevertheless, Biden’s Department of Justice is seeking to remove the marine border barriers in the Rio Grande River that disrupt illegal crossings and plans to force illegal aliens to remain in Texas while awaiting asylum status. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.