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Immigration

"The United States' immigration system is broken. A new system must be put in place, to ensure the protection of our nation’s security and to promote the economic success of our citizens and those who have legally immigrated into our great nation."

America will always be a land of compassion, but not while sacrificing our safety.  Every foreign visitor – man, woman, or child – who enters our country must be held accountable to our laws.  The responsibilities and opportunities of America are great and will not be taken advantage of by those who come here illegally or with malicious intent.  While we share a special relationship with our two neighboring countries, and we recognize we must love thy neighbor, our borders are a sacred gateway we must protect.  Louisiana is full of riches and opportunity for those who work hard.  In Congress, I will continue to ensure those seeking our treasures do so legally, responsibly, and with our values in their heart.

 

 

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July 21, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, says his legislation to authorize the Department of Homeland Security will give Congress needed oversight powers that may yet trim the department's size and cost while improving its work product.

His congressional colleagues apparently agreed Thursday, passing the bill co-authored by Reps. Higgins and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, 386-41.

July 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) comprehensive bill H.R. 2825, “The DHS Authorization Act of 2017,” passed the House today with wide, bipartisan support (386 – 41). The bill was led by Chairman McCaul with Rep. Higgins serving as the only original cosponsor.

June 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's revival of President Trump's travel ban.

May 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced two pieces of legislation, H.R. 2751 and H.R. 2752, as part of a comprehensive re-authorization of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bills reauthorize U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), agencies within DHS responsible for enforcing federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

April 4, 2017 In The News

A four-day, weekend trek along the Mexican border has convinced U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre, that America can protect its southern perimeter with a mix of resolve, reinforcements and existing technology.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Higgins recently returned from a congressional trip to the United States’ southern border with colleagues from the House Homeland Security Committee and a bipartisan anti-terrorism task force.

March 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 1252 the “DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017” as his first legislative initiative as a member of Congress. The bill is designed to create greater accountability for acquisitions programs within the Department of Homeland Security. A 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that 20 out of the 22 major DHS acquisition programs experienced cost growth, schedule slips, or both.

February 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC - Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) has been appointed to serve on a bi-partisan, eight member Homeland Security Committee Task Force focused on denying terrorists entry into the United States. With the terrorist threat on the rise and immigration a key concern for the 115th Congress, this Task Force will play an important role in closing gaps in our counterterrorism screening and vetting procedures.