Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

U.S. House Moves On Border Security

Apr 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hailed passage of a package of bills this week through the U.S. House of Representatives that lays the groundwork for serious improvements to securing the Nation’s southwest border and vetting foreign travelers attempting the enter the United States.

We must secure this Nation’s southern border and put up roadblocks to non citizens intent to do us harm.  These actions outline a plan to conduct a full assessment of our Nation’s porous southwest border to end illegal movement.  It also orders the better vetting of those seeking legal entry into the United States.  We need to know our vulnerabilities, gain greater situational awareness and end the illicit activity that reaches into our communities.  The Obama Administration has failed to address the transnational criminal organizations adequately, illegal migrations and possible terror-connected  individuals targeting the U.S.  This package will change that,” said Lance.

The House package included three bills:

  • H.R. 4482 - Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act, legislation that will require a southwest border threat analysis.
  • H.R. 3586 - Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act, legislation that will improve border and maritime security coordination.
  • H.R. 4403 - Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act, legislation that will vet foreign travelers against terrorist watch lists and law enforcement databases.

Since the Paris terrorist attacks, the House has taken many actions to strengthen homeland security.  Many changes were signed into law tightening the Visa Waiver Program but the U.S. Senate failed to take action on the more substantive Lance-backed measure, H.R. 4038, which would have temporarily paused the President’s refugee resettlement program and proposed reforms for a more effective vetting and monitoring process.