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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 opportunities 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.

 

More on Immigration

August 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration’s attempt to end President Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) also known as the Remain in Mexico policy. The policy requires asylum seekers at the southwest border to remain in Mexico while they await judicial hearings to determine their eligibility and status.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Border Subcommittee, joined other Republican colleagues today to introduce the Border Security for America Act of 2021. The bill comes in response to the ongoing and worsening crisis at our southwest border.
 

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), the lead Republican on the House Homeland Security Border Subcommittee, delivered a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers on reports that illegal immigrants are being dropped in communities across Louisiana. Congressman Higgins also called for an immediate suspension of the resettlement operation.
 

June 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) reintroduced the CBP Workload Staffing Model Act, to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determine its staffing needs. This bill would require CBP to develop a comprehensive staffing model that addresses hiring and retention challenges.

The CBP Workload Staffing Model Act:

June 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) joined Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and other Republican colleagues in a press conference to address the Biden border crisis and affirm states’ rights to protect their citizens from the cartel-facilitated border invasion.
 
A transcript of Congressman Higgins’ remarks and a video of his speech are available below.
 
The full press conference is available here.

 

April 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, is introducing the Finish the Wall Act, which requires the Biden administration to resume construction of the border wall system. The bill has over 60 cosponsors and is one of House Republicans’ five pillars to address the Biden border crisis.

March 16, 2021 In The News

During a Tuesday interview on FNC’s “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) discussed his trip with Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) to the United States-Mexico border.

Higgins outlined how cartels have maxed out their pipelines by “frontloading the children” across the border because they know their parents will be “desperate to follow.” He described the crisis at the border as an “unmitigated disaster.”

March 15, 2021 Press Release

EL PASO, TX – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Lead Republican on the Homeland Security Committee John Katko (R-NY), and other House Republicans today to assess the border crisis firsthand.
 
Congressman Higgins also delivered a personal message to President Biden, calling on him to work with Republicans to restore operational control along the southwest border.
 

March 15, 2021 In The News

President Joe Biden’s immigration policies have led to the surge in migrants traveling to the United States and illegally crossing the border, members of Congress charged on Monday.

Standing in El Paso, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, House Republicans denounced the policy changes, relaying the overcrowded conditions they saw firsthand in a holding facility and the dismay from border agents who are being overwhelmed.