Today, following last week’s release of a letter by Congressman Chip Roy and 14 other members of the Texas delegation urging the U.S. House of Representatives to not fund the Department of Homeland Security without significant policy changes, TPPF Senior Director of Right on Immigration Ken Oliver released the following statement:

“Congressman Roy and his colleagues are correct to tie U.S. Department of Homeland Security appropriations to specific steps to stop the wanton abuse of parole authority and non-enforcement that has prevailed for over two and a half years now, and that continues to cause a cascade of negative effects to the integrity of America’s asylum and immigration systems as well as to communities throughout the country.

“Specific, targeted use of the power of the purse is exactly what is called for at this time. The fact is that the current majority in the United States House of Representatives was elected on a ‘Commitment to America’ pledge to reverse the Biden border crisis and they are not going to be able to fulfill their pledge unless they make use of this power, which gives them leverage to either reverse or defund the DHS policies that have been fomenting this crisis.

“Defunding the mass parole programs, increasing and prioritizing detention over catch and release, requiring GPS monitoring as well as requiring ICE to locate and remove aliens who have absconded are just some of the specific measures that the House majority should put on the table, as part of the DHS appropriations process, to demonstrably fulfill their Commitment to America pledge.”

To read the full letter, please click here.