Congressman Rogers offers statement on national security


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Opelika Observer

As people across East Alabama know, we have a serious national security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border with Mexico that worsens every day.
Because Democrats are so dug in against President Trump, they are choosing to play political games over keeping our homeland safe and dealing with these families and children who enter our country illegally.
Just in May, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 144,000 illegal migrants on the border. Many of these migrants are in terrible condition and arrive in desperate need of care and medical attention.
Currently, there are 19,000 illegal migrants in custody at the border when our system is only designed to hold a fifth of that number.
The problem remains, Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat-led House, only pay lip service to the situation at the border and try to block any prudent action the Trump administration attempts.
Instead of offering real solutions, Democrats just keep trying to further erode what immigration law we have.For example, the administration has asked for an additional $4.5 billion to address these humanitarian concerns.
My bill, H.R. 3056, would have provided that $4.5 billion, including $3.3 billion for shelter and care for unaccompanied children.
Every single Democrat in the House of Representatives opposed my legislation. Instead, what the Democrats are doing, is passing legislation like, H.R. 6, which would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, including criminals and gang members.
And it doesn’t stop there. In California, state lawmakers are gearing up to spend more than $200 billion to offer health care insurance to illegal immigrants. Along with multiple cities across the country declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for criminal illegal immigrants to hide from law enforcement.
It begs the question: What is the Democrats’ end game? I believe Democrats want to use illegal immigration to forever change the voting electorate in our nation. What’s happening on our border is terrifying and a threat to our American sovereignty.
I proudly stand with President Trump in his efforts to secure our borders. His declaring a national emergency and tariff threat against Mexico clearly demonstrates his determination to do what is necessary and right while Democrats sit idly by. It is ironic that Mexico is currently doing more to help with the border than is Nancy Pelosi.
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Congressman Mike Rogers made the following statement today after the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) unanimously approved a new military branch for Space Command, a measure offered by Rogers and Jim Cooper (D-TN). The measure passed during the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mark-up for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20).
This is an initiative Rep. Rogers and Rep. Cooper have been tirelessly pushing for over two years and its creation was called for by President Trump last year.
“I am thrilled my colleagues on HASC recognize the importance of focusing on this proposal. As I have said time and time again, the future of warfighting will be fought in Space. Russia and China are surpassing us in Space capabilities and we must have a military branch focused solely on this mission. I also applaud President Trump’s vision and unwavering support in creation of this military branch. Our national security truly depends on it,” Rogers said.
Rogers serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.


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