DHS Issues Statement in Support of the Secure and Succeed Act

DHS Issues Statement in Support of the Secure and Succeed Act

DHS issued a statement in support of the Secure and Succeed Act, contending that it “secures the border, ends chain migration, cancels the visa lottery, and finds a permanent solution for DACA.

The Secure and Succeed Act Secures the Border, Ends Chain Migration, Cancels the Visa Lottery and Finds a Permanent Solution for DACA

Release Date:
February 14, 2018

The Secure and Succeed Act includes recommendations made by the frontline officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This bill is a reasonable compromise that follows the framework laid out by the President.

Pillar # 1—Secures the Border

  • The Secure and Succeed Act secures our borders, will stop cartels, will save lives, safeguard the safety of our communities, and will curb the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
    • $25 billion trust fund for the border wall system which includes border infrastructure and technology.
    • Appropriates additional funds to hire new DHS personnel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, immigration judges, federal prosecutors, and other law enforcement professionals.
    • Enacts Kate’s Law, which will help the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE secure the border, enforce the immigration laws within the interior, and make our nation and our communities safer.
    • Deters visa overstays with prompt removal.
      • In addition to those who enter illegally, visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States.
    • Permanently authorizes the electronic employment verification system (E-Verify).
    • Ends “catch and release” loopholes that create another pull factor for illegal immigration and protects public safety.
    • Ensures the detention and removal of criminal aliens, gang members, violent offenders, and aggravated felons.
    • Institutes much needed hiring and pay reforms to ensure the recruitment and retention of critically-needed personnel.
    • Ensures synthetic drugs (fentanyl) are severely inhibited from entering the country.
      • ICE seized over one ton of fentanyl in 2017, nearly 5 times last year’s total.
      • CBP seizures of fentanyl has significantly increased over the last three years, from approximately 2 pounds seized in 2013 to 1,485 pounds seized in 2017.
    • Addresses the 2001 Supreme Court decision in Zadvydas v. Davis which generally requires DHS to release aliens with final orders of removal (including criminals and serious felony offenders) into American communities if they haven’t been deported within 180 days of the date their removal period begins.
      • In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 2,300 aliens were released because of that court decision, and more than 1,700 of those were criminal aliens.