President Trump and Congress have until February 15th to negotiate a deal to secure the border. If Democrats refuse to include funding for a wall as part of a larger border security plan, we risk facing yet another government shutdown. Meanwhile, the problem of illegal border crossings will remain unresolved.
We are continuing our work to shape the border security debate. Last week, Heritage President Kay Coles James attended a meeting with President Trump and our Executive Vice President Kim Holmes attended a meeting with Vice President Pence to discuss policy solutions. On Monday, Tim Chapman, executive director of Heritage Action for America (our partner organization), attended a roundtable meeting held at the White House to make recommendations for how the Trump administration can make good on its promise to secure the border.
Tim’s message – and Heritage’s position – was clear: a serious border security plan must include a wall, strong enforcement of our immigration laws, the closing of loopholes that are being used to skirt the law, and common-sense reforms, such as replacing the unfair visa lottery with a merit-based system.
It’s now up to Congress to send a bill to the president that will secure the border.
What common sense reforms do you believe must be in a border security deal?