Secure the Border Act of 2023

Floor Speech

Date: May 11, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DIAZ-BALART. Mr. Speaker, in just a few hours, the Biden administration will end the enforcement of title 42. This administration estimates that we could see 13,000 immigrant encounters per day at the border.

So clearly, allowing title 42 to end with no plan to secure our border is not only negligent, but it severely jeopardizes the national security interests of our country.

But you see, the cataclysm facing our border is not just due to the end of title 42, Mr. Speaker, but also to this administration's complete abdication to do even the bare minimum to secure our southern border.

It is negligence and incompetence, Mr. Speaker, with fatal consequences. Instead, the administration has relinquished control to the narco-terrorist cartels who now control the southern border of the United States.

The Biden administration's policies are dangerous to our national security, Mr. Speaker, but they have deadly consequences for Americans and for immigrants alike.

Heck, even The New York Times has highlighted the fact that 90,000 unaccompanied minors are unaccounted for and, frankly, are possibly being trafficked.

It is immoral, Mr. Speaker, that the Biden administration refuses to take action to end human trafficking, stop the deadly influx of drugs into the United States, confront the cartels, protect those minors that are being trafficked, and enhance our outdated asylum process.

Those, by the way, who have legitimate claims, those folks are also victims of this broken system.

However, today, this House has a solution to help take back control of our border. H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, which I am so proud to have sponsored with my colleague and friend, Mr. McClintock, provides real solutions to restore order to the southern border, strengthen our national security, enhance our broken immigration system, and protect innocent minors while enforcing the rule of law, the rule of law, Mr. Speaker.

So if you are concerned about our national security, or the safety of our fellow Americans, and immigrants, the safety of our immigrants, or the rule of law, I respectfully but, frankly, strongly urge you to vote for this great bill, H.R. 2.