Rep. Martha McSally today introduced legislation directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a full analysis of the current and potential threats along our nation’s southern border. The last complete mile-by-mile assessment conducted by DHS was in 1993, over two decades ago.
“DHS’s current state of situational awareness along the border is inadequate and they certainly have not achieved anything close to operational control. In order for our nation to effectively secure the border, we must first assess the threats that exist, understand and identify the gaps in our defenses and then develop a plan to address those gaps with a blend of more manpower, technology, and infrastructure,” said McSally, Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, in a statement from her office. “The Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act will prod DHS to determine the answers to those fundamental questions.”
The Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act would require the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a new Southwest Border Threat Analysis within 180 days of the bill being signed into law, mandating that accurate assessments be made of the current and potential threats, as well as the measures that need to be taken to counter them. The bill also requires the U.S. Border Patrol to design a new strategic plan based on DHS’s threat analysis.
McSally has made establishing a better, more effective border strategy a top priority. In her capacity as Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, McSally has questioned U.S. Customs and Border Protection on their situational awareness and operation control. She has authored several bills to channel resources to the border, address staffing shortages, modernize ports of entry, and improve the accountability of border projects. The Congresswoman also led over 20 members of Congress on a tour of the Southern Arizona border.
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