Immigration Policy and Legislation - 114th Congress, 2015-2016



HR 399 - Secure our Border First Act of 2015

McCaul Militarization Bill (HR 399) - Secure Our Border First Act of 2015 This bill was introduced on Jan. 21, 2015 and submitted for "mark-up" in the House Committee on Homeland Security. Click here to view opening statements. Click here to view copy of bill as introduced. This bill was placed on the congressional calendar but died in congress without passing the house or the senate. 

Read McCaul's opening statement to House Committee on Homeland Security (Jan. 21, 2015)

Michael McCaul to pitch border bill to Republican Study Committee (, Jan. 16, 2015)


From the Southern Border Communities Coalition:

*  Press Release (Jan. 21, 2015) - Border Communities Reject McCaul's HR 399

*  Talking Points and MessagingThe Secure our Borders First Act: Impact of HR 399 on our Communities


Over 150 organizations send joint letter to Congress in opposiiton to HR399 (Feb. 4, 2015) Letter signed by broad cross-section of immigrant and human rights, environmental, labor, faith and other groups nationwide.

Letter Opposing HR 399 - Environmental Issues Over 80 organizations co-signed a letter to House of Representatives members, lifting up strong environmental concerns. (Jan. 27, 2015)




S. 750 Arizona Borderlands Preservation and Protection Act: Approved May 6, 2015 in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, however it died in the previous congress without passing either the house or the senate. Gives unprecedented access to government for "border security" to borderlands extending 100 miles in from border, including waiver of critical environmental protection laws. Opposed by a cross-section of immigrant, human and civil rights groups and environmental organizations.



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