U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted today for a bipartisan, supplemental border spending package that would provide additional funds for border security and increase funding for the Department of Health and Human Services facilities for unaccompanied minors, including the influx facility planned for Fort Sill.
“As a former builder and developer in South Texas, I know the border and visit there often. I’ve seen firsthand how decades of immigration failures, made worse by the Obama Administration, caused the humanitarian crisis we’re experiencing today.
“All of our border officials agree—we are at a breaking point, dealing with more migrants, including families and children, than we have in over than a decade. It’s time to act. The bill we passed today in the Senate will effectively address the crisis by supporting unaccompanied minors that will temporarily be housed at Fort Sill and increasing security at the border.
“I hope the House Democrats will abandon their partisan legislation and work with their colleagues in the Senate so we can send a bill to President Trump this week. I remain committed to working with the President to enforce our immigration laws and secure the border.”
Inhofe’s most recent work to enforce our immigration laws and secure the border include authoring the WALL Act, the only legislation that fully pays for the construction of a border wall by closing loopholes that allow unauthorized immigrants to receive federal tax and welfare benefits, and the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act, which would address immigration loopholes and improve the integrity of the asylum process.