DHS: 'We Effectively and Sensibly Enforce Our Nation’s Immigration Laws'
6:53 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, went to Texas yesterday to check out the U.S. border with Mexico and to push immigration reform.
"Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today traveled to McAllen, Texas to tour border operations, receive briefings on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to secure the border while facilitating lawful travel and trade, and meet with state and local law enforcement officials. Secretary Johnson thanked the men and women of DHS who work every day to secure our borders while also performing functions that are vital to our economy, and made clear that the border in this region continues to evolve and must be an area of focus for DHS in the years to come," a statement from DHS reading out Secretary Johnson's trip says.
Johnson, in a statement with the read-out, re-commits to keep the U.S. border secure -- and pledges support for "commonsense reform." “Under this Administration, DHS has devoted unprecedented resources to securing the border, here in McAllen, across Texas, and across the entirety of the Southwest border - while also supporting the travel and trade that are vital to our economy,” Johnson says in the statement. “I intend to continually evaluate the border security situation in south Texas to ensure we have adequate resources to meet the important and unique challenges this region faces, and we will continue to build on the significant progress made over the last five years on the important priority of border security across our southwest border – as we work with Congress, border communities, and other partners to achieve commonsense reform that is strong on security, supports our economy, and is in line with our nation’s values.”
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