“Securing America’s Future Act and Border Security and Immigration Reform Act represent most comprehensive immigration reform in 32 years”

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement today following her support of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (H.R. 6136) and her support of last week’s Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760), two pieces of legislation representing the most comprehensive immigration reform in 32 years. These measures would provide much needed funding for border security, end the visa lottery program, increase legal immigration levels for skilled workers, end the family separation policy and address the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) challenge that has been in a state of limbo for years. Receiving no Democrat support in the House, both immigration reform bills fell short of passage.

“For decades America has felt the repercussions of a failed, outdated immigration system that has rewarded those who enter this country illegally at the expense of those who have followed the law. These pieces of legislation address illegal immigration where it starts – at the border – by allocating funding for a border wall and enhancing security measures that would drastically scale back illegal immigration into the United States. At the same time, these bills would end the visa lottery program and instead increase legal immigration for skilled workers needed in the United States. We can all agree that the separation of families at the border is upsetting and this legislation would put into law solutions that the President has advocated for. Finally, these measures would provide renewable legal status for ‘dreamers’ who were brought to this country as children, help stop further illegal immigration, and end the threat of amnesty, which I oppose.”

“Passage of these bills would have represented the most comprehensive immigration reform in thirty-two years, and I am disappointed that we missed this opportunity to address the illegal immigration problem in this country. Addressing illegal immigration begins with securing our borders, and the funding and security mechanisms within this legislation would have been a significant step in this direction. Although these bills are far from perfect, the reforms they provide are preferable to our broken system. The status quo only perpetuates this growing problem on our border, and inaction compounds the issue,” added Hartzler.