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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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June 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has been appointed to serve on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security, which is responsible for all aspects of visa, border, port, and maritime security.

The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over 51% of the DHS budget, as well as four of its seven operational components including U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

April 3, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.) applauded the Commerce Department for including a question on United States citizenship and immigration status in the 2020 Census. 

January 18, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that he is cosponsoring H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, which significantly bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, mandates a very strict legislative solution to force accountability of illegal immigrants subject to the DACA program, and greatly enhances border security.
 
The bill includes major portions of the Border Security for America Act, a bill that Congressman Higgins helped author and pass through the House Homeland Security Committee in October of 2017.
 

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4708, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017. Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) is an original cosponsor of this bipartisan bill that helps protect victims of human trafficking by empowering federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as private sector organizations to raise awareness and combat human trafficking.
 

December 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) released the following statement in response to the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate for the murder of Kate Steinle in June 2015.
 

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell." - Matthew 10:28 KJV

"In this world or the next, justice for Kate Steinle will be done."

October 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted in favor of H.R. 3548, the Border Security for America Act, which strengthens tactical border infrastructure and authorizes more boots on the ground. He is an original cosponsor of the bill.

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.