"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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Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Tuesday that the "integrity" of the U.S. is being threatened by the situation at the southern border.
"It doesn't take long to understand that our nation's very integrity is threatened — not because we don't have the most compassionate, generous immigration system in the world, we do, but because that system, the infrastructure thereof, is overwhelmed," Higgins, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) commended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) for agreeing to release 30,000 additional visas under the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program. These new visas will only apply to returning workers.
Make no mistake, there is a crisis on our southern border.
President Trump is well within his legal rights to declare a national emergency. The illegal flow of humans, drugs, and criminal activity threaten the very fabric of our nation. For too long, America has neglected its responsibility to enforce our sovereign borders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations (BSFO) Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins (R-La.) today introduced H.R. 1639, the CBP Workload Staffing Model Act, to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determine its staffing needs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) hand-delivered a letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release additional visas under the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program.
Congressman Higgins will meet with Secretary Nielsen next week to discuss the importance of H-2B visas to the seafood and ag processing industries in South Louisiana.
The full text of the letter is below:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2019.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), a returning member of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been named the top Republican or "Ranking Member" of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations.