Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

House Unanimously Passes Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism; Reps. Nadler, Roskam, Lowey, Granger Lead Bipartisan Effort

2014/09/19

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.

“Today’s unanimous passage of our resolution sends a clear and strong message that we condemn the rising tide of anti-Semitism throughout the world and that we will do all we can to prevent its spread. In 2014 alone, we have seen increased incidents of murder at Jewish sites, violent attacks and death threats against Jews, as well as violence, arson, graffiti, and other instances of vandalism at Jewish places of worship,” the lawmakers said. “We must ensure the world views such actions for what they are, the vile and hate-fueled persecution of an entire people, rather than an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else. The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination.”

“Tonight, Congress sent a resounding message to the world about America's resolve to confront this ugly and dangerous hatred. We commend Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX) for their leadership mobilizing action against the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Latin America, and even in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We hope world leaders will echo Congress’s call and will demonstrate the will to ensure that anti-Semitism has no place in their country and that Jews have the right to live in security and free of harassment and the fear of violence solely because they are Jewish.”

The resolution was cosponsored by 174 House Members, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL); and House Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY).

The following groups supported the resolution: AJC, Anti-Defamation League, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, Christians United for Israel, J Street, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish United Fund to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC), Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

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ISIS Threat

2014/09/18

Dear Friend,

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a brutal terrorist organization that poses a real and credible threat to the United States and our allies. The Administration must have a bold strategy to respond quickly and decisively to address this threat.

As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in August, “ISIS is an imminent threat to every interest we have. They are as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group. This is beyond anything we’ve seen. We must prepare for everything.”

ISIS can be defeated, but it will require this Administration to demonstrate that attacks on Americans, and our ideals, will lead to strong repercussions by the U.S. Last week, the Administration asked Congress for broad authority to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition and requested $500 million for this effort. However, the request lacked the level of detail I needed in order to vote to give the Administration such broad authority. I personally support a strategy that provides the Administration with limited authority that includes strong accountability and oversight of the actions taken.

This week Congress voted to provide limited authorization for the Administration to train and equip appropriately vetted Syrian rebels. To ensure that proper oversight and accountability is occurring, we require the Administration to submit to Congress a description of the plan for providing assistance, the process used to vet aid recipients, procedures that will be used to monitor the use of U.S. equipment our government provides and a description of how the aid fits within a larger regional strategy to defeat ISIS.

We require that Congress receive a progress report within the first 90 days of the mission and every 90 days thereafter, on any changes to the plan, statistics on violence against U.S. forces by the Syrian rebels and an assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. assistance. Additionally, Congress did not authorize the Administration to put U.S. soldiers on the ground. We did not provide any of the additional funding the Administration requested, but allowed the Defense Department to use existing funds and use contributions from foreign countries supportive of the U.S. strategy. This Congressional authorization expires no later than December 11, 2014.

With these changes, I was able to vote yes on the amendment overseen by Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services committee.

ISIS represents an extreme vision of the world that has no place in modern day society. While it is not up to the United States alone to defeat this terrorist organization, we have the responsibility to protect our citizens, and ensure this group does not continue to grow stronger and threaten our way of life.   Sincerely,   Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Representatives Granger and Lowey Honored for Their Bipartisan Work to Solve Global Water Issues

2014/09/18

Today, U.S. Representatives Kay Granger and Nita Lowey were honored for their strong support for U.S. programs that help solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) crisis. The WASH Advocate award was given today to recognize the Congresswomen for their strong leadership in improving U.S. efforts to efficiently provide safe and affordable WASH to impoverished regions around the world.

“As Chair of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, I am acutely aware of the positive impact these programs have had on the poorest in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, noted Rep. Granger. “I am not alone, however: across Texas, thousands of church groups, Rotary Club members and schoolchildren are working as I speak to help solve this global crisis once and for all.”

Rep. Lowey, who is Ranking member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee, added, “WASH is important in its own right but in particular for its enormous positive impact on women throughout each stage of their life – from empowering girls to get an education, to providing wider job opportunities for women. This issue cuts across health, gender, and economics and its benefits cannot be overstated.”

Former Congressman Jim Walsh and president and CEO of InterAction Sam Worthington presented the WASH Advocate award. Both credited the bipartisan effort in supporting increases in water and sanitation funding year after year, helping drive the effort that led to FY14’s historic funding levels.

John Oldfield, CEO of WASH Advocates, noted, “We are honored to present these well-deserved awards. Our awardees work hard to save and improve the lives of millions of people through the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2014 WASH Advocate Awards honor their current leadership, and the WASH community looks forward to continuing to work together to save and improve millions more lives over the coming years.”

Every year, U.S. WASH programs bring better WASH access to millions of people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In FY11 and FY12, USAID provided almost 7 million people with improved access to drinking water supply, and almost 3 million with improved access to sanitation. This work is now supported and reinforced by USAID’s first-ever Water and Development Strategy, launched in October 2013.

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U.S. Rep. Kay Granger Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) a Guardian of Small Business for her outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Granger for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

“The record shows that Rep. Granger is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 232 Representatives who stood up for small business.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions are set by its 350,000 business-owner members, who send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through NFIB’s unique member-only ballot. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/news.

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Protecting Christian Minorities

2014/09/12

Dear Friend, Throughout the Middle East, Christian minorities face severe repression and violence. The Middle East is where Christianity was born and where it has flourished for much of history. However, today is a very different time. For example, in 2000 there were nearly 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Today there are only 300,000. The Christians who remain in Iraq are now faced with a daily life of fear because of the brazen and brutal attacks by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Islamic extremists in countries like Egypt, Syria and Iraq are singling out and targeting Christian minorities. These minority Christian communities rarely have the protection of the government or protection from the opposition. In Egypt, there have been numerous attacks on the Coptic Christians there, and young women and girls are being abducted and forced to convert to Islam. In Syria, Christian churches and clerics have been attacked by both Islamic radicals fighting the government and by militias loyal to the Assad regime. In Iraq, ISIS has pledged to establish a “Christian free nation,” and they have demonstrated their willingness to carry out genocide with a complete disregard for innocent life.

This week, I spoke to a new and important organization dedicated to the protection and empowerment of persecuted Christian minorities throughout the Middle East. The program "In Defense of Christians" brought together included nearly 1,000 Middle East Christian Diaspora advocates and religious leaders who are committed to the preservation of Christian communities in the Middle East. This single group is now one voice for the underrepresented voices in the region.

These religious leaders were in Washington to raise the level of urgency for the United States to respond to the persecution and brutality religious minorities face. It’s important that the fundamental principles of human rights that our nation was built on are reflected in how we conduct our foreign policy. At times, the United States government has sent mixed signals on their willingness to protect Christian minority populations in war zones and in countries going through political transition. As someone who has worked closely with the State Department, I have made it clear that these populations must be protected, especially during times of rapid change and conflict.

Now, more than ever, the U.S. must exhibit strong global leadership when it comes to the advancement of religious freedoms, liberties and protections. We must stand tall against the extremist elements who have chosen violence as a tactic to suppress religious freedom. By standing united we can ensure people around the world are free to express their faith openly, even in the most dangerous places in the world.

Sincerely, Kay Granger

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Columbia College Experience

2014/08/07

Dear Friend,

In July, I had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the graduating students of Columbia College in Fort Worth.

For those who may not be as familiar with Columbia College, it’s located on the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and is unique because a majority of the student population serves in the military. In fact, out of the three colleges that make up the Columbia College system nationwide, one in every four of their enrolled students is serving in the military.

While Columbia College is similar to most traditional universities in terms of the degree tracks available, the process of attaining their degree is different than most for these students. Since a majority of the students are actively serving in the military or have retired from the military, many of these students have started earning their degree later in life or have had to postpone completion of coursework because of deployments. Also, for a majority of the students, regardless of a military background, they are working full time jobs and taking care of their families in the process.

The Columbia College staff and educators understand well that their students are working to earn their degree in a non-traditional way and they all deserve to be commended for their first class professionalism. The faculty and staff have a passion to help every one of their students attain their educational goals. As a former teacher myself, I appreciate their high level of commitment and dedication.

What also makes Columbia College exceptional is the fact that so many of the graduates also give back to their communities in their own way; not to mention the sacrifices of those who serve, or have served, in the military. I know this firsthand because I have a Columbia College graduate on my staff in Fort Worth. She served honorably in the military, and she is now serving the 12th Congressional district by working with constituents who have case work issues they need help resolving with the federal government.

Among those who graduated this year include a cancer survivor who returns every year to “Camp Make a Dream” as a motivational speaker to share her story and bring hope to young people going through what she went through at a young age. There was also a graduate who switched degree tracks so that he could become a teacher and coach after he retires from the Navy, as well as a gentleman who served 17 deployments away from home. While his deployments prevented him from completing his degree in a traditional time frame, he never deterred from his goal of ultimately receiving his bachelor’s degree.

I am truly inspired by the stories of the men and women who attend Columbia College. They are a remarkable group of people who epitomize the words service, character, and determination.   Sincerely,   Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Delivers Floor Speech in Support of House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental Legislation

2014/07/31

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, spoke on the House floor today in the support of the House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental legislation.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you Mr. Chairman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, As we speak, unaccompanied minors continue to be sent from Central America through drug cartel smuggling networks across Mexico and through our southern border.

Families are being lied to and manipulated by the coyotes. The $6,000 their families spend to send their children to the United States goes into the bank accounts of the most powerful drug cartels in the world. Since October, over 58,000 unaccompanied children have made the dangerous journey to the United States, and many more will continue to come unless we send a clear message that they will not be allowed to stay in the United States.

I have seen firsthand the crisis that has unfolded at the southern border in places like the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas. I have seen the women and children sleeping on the floor of a bus station in Laredo. I have seen motherless infants being cared for by any stranger who is around. I have seen the children who are alone in detention facilities in McAllen, Texas and I have seen the 1,200 kids who are being sheltered at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. And, most disturbing of all, I have heard the stories about the most god-awful journey no one should ever have to experience.

We are here today because we have a responsibility to stop this crisis. The president has failed to lead, so I firmly believe this chamber must act. Doing nothing is not an option.

Since June when the speaker asked me to lead a working group to provide policy recommendations on what we can do to address the crisis, I have been to the Texas-Mexico border twice and led a CODEL to Guatemala and Honduras to see where the children are coming from and why. I will be returning to the border tomorrow for a third time.

The members of the working group dove head-first into this issue to understand this crisis and provide recommendations for a short-term, immediate response. The policies we recommended are not an attempt at immigration reform. They are serious solutions to address this crisis. I want to take a moment to recognize the hard work of the members of the working group who made policy recommendations to the conference and the expertise they all brought to the table. I want to thank:

Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee John Carter Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Matt Salmon Congressman Steve Pearce from the Financial Services Committee Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart from the Appropriations Committee

One of our conclusions from the last several weeks is that Congress should not provide more resources to the administration without changing the policies that have led us to the situation we are in today.

Administration officials, and officials in the Central American countries, have all said that we have to make changes to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. A month ago it appeared there was a bipartisan consensus forming on the issue. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said from the White House podium just three weeks ago, when discussing changes to the 2008 law that it is: “A priority of this administration, and if you listen to the public comments of Democrats and Republicans, it sounds like it’s a bipartisan priority.” I agree. And it is disappointing that the White House has backed down from their original statements on how we could immediately address this issue.   

We are not asking for a repeal of this law. We are saying we need to tweak the 2008 law so that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexican and Canadian children for removal purposes.  The policy changes included in this bill ensure that children receive a prompt hearing within seven days after they are detained, and require that a judge rules no later than 72 hours after a hearing.

Accelerating the hearing times requires more judges. I thank the chairman for including the necessary funding to hire 40 temporary judges until this crisis is under control. For repatriations, we are prioritizing “last in, first out.” This means that the last child to go into U.S. government custody will be the first one we send home.

After families have spent between $6,000 and $9,000 to send their children here, this will send a strong message to the families in the countries of origin that their children will not be permitted to stay. This is a message of deterrence. I also note that Chairman Rogers has prioritized funding for Central American countries to safely and humanely return these children.

With the surge of children there has been increased pressure on our Customs and Border Protection officials. This supplemental deploys the National Guard to assist high traffic states. This will free up the Border Patrol to focus on their mission. To fully support Customs and Border Protection’s mission, we include a provision to allow Border Patrol unfettered access to federal lands. Right now through a memorandum of understanding, Border Patrol officials are only permitted to pursue suspects onto federal lands. They cannot do regular patrols.

Finally, the supplemental includes a sense of Congress that children should not be detained at military bases. While this will not change the law, this provision addresses a serious and growing concern from members of congress. Not least of the concerns is that children should not be stored on military bases.  

The Congressional Budget Office has given its assessment of the policy changes in this bill. They have said that because the legislation allows for the children to self-deport, it will lead to immediate savings.

This is a smart, targeted bill that addresses the crisis immediately. I urge my colleagues to vote yes on the supplemental and show the American people that we are going to end this crisis.

Thank you, Chairman Rogers, and I yield back the balance of my time.  

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Myths and Facts: House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental Legislation

2014/07/31

House Republican Border Crisis Supplemental LegislationMyths and Facts

Myth: The bill would abolish voluntary return for unaccompanied minors.

Fact: The bill would make all unaccompanied minors eligible for voluntary return immediately, speeding the return of many unaccompanied minors to their home countries. Current law only allows UACs from contiguous countries to be eligible for voluntary return.

Myth: This bill will result in more people getting asylum.

Fact: This bill will reduce the number of migrant children granted asylum. Under the House Republican bill, unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico would be treated the same as unaccompanied children from Mexico and made eligible for immediate return to their home countries, reducing the number of those who may claim asylum. This prioritization is expected to further reduce the number of applications for asylum given the fact that 95 percent of unaccompanied children who applied for asylum in FY 2014 did so after being in the U.S. for more than 100 days. Through the 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2014, only two percent of unaccompanied minors have claimed asylum and only a portion of those claims were approved.  

Myth: The bill appears to put the majority of unaccompanied minors in the new court proceedings, where they are permitted to withdraw their application for admission at any time.

Fact: This is false. The bill would only put unaccompanied minors who do not consent to voluntary return into court proceedings, and these court proceedings would be expedited to hasten the return of these children to their home countries.

Myth: The bill creates a new seven-day court proceeding for all unaccompanied minors in which an immigration judge determines whether a UAC has a claim for immigration relief.

Fact: The court removal proceedings are not seven-days long, but must occur within seven days. At this expedited removal proceeding, the child will be required to prove to the judge that they are eligible for relief from removal under current law and standards. If not, they will be ordered removed and detained until they are sent back home. This new expedited procedure allows the unaccompanied child no opportunity to appeal or delay proceedings

Myth: Unaccompanied children are screened for credible fear by the Border Patrol

Fact: Under both current law and the bill, border patrol agents cannot make a credible fear determination, they can merely refer an unaccompanied child for a credible fear interview. Even then, a credible fear screening is only the first step in the asylum process.

Myth: The majority of these UACs will claim a fear of persecution or state their intent to apply for asylum.

Fact: Through the 3rd quarter of FY 2014, only two percent of UACs have claimed asylum and only a portion of those claims were approved.  Under current law, the first step in the asylum process is the credible fear interview at USCIS. If UACs succeed at this interview, they must be detained pending a final adjudication of the asylum claim. If they fail to prove their full claim, they will be ordered removed from the country.

Myth: The House bill states that the DHS Secretary “shall permit” UACs who have received Notices to Appear (issued since Jan. 1, 2013) to appear before an immigration judge in the new proceeding created by the bill, move to have the Notice to Appear “replaced,” and apply for admission to the U.S.

Fact: The bill does not allow for the re-opening of orders of removal. The bill would merely allow children who have received Notices to Appear, but not had a court date, to come into court, submit to government detention and either be voluntarily removed or immediately placed in a non-appealable removal hearing.

Myth: The House bill does not use the word “detention” but rather “custody.” This is an important distinction because “custody” can be satisfied by transferring a UAC to HHS, which places the UAC in a non-secure setting.

Fact: There is no evidence that children are absconding from or escaping from HHS facilities. HHS does maintain secure facilities for children who are a danger or flight risk. If a child does escape and abscond from their court proceedings, they will be ordered removed in absentia and become an immigration fugitive. Keeping all children in secure detention facilities is dangerous, excessive and unnecessary.

Myth: The changes to the 2008 law in this bill would achieve the reverse of the bill’s intention- that this bill would result in all unaccompanied child minors, from all countries, going through a longer process - the same process given to minors who have been victims of trafficking, has a credible fear of persecution, or is unable to make a decision about withdrawing their application

Fact: This is false. Other similar bills that amend the 2008 included drafting errors which created this unintentional consequence. The terminology in the bill requires that unaccompanied children meet certain requirements to be eligible for removal, including the fact that they were not a victim of sex trafficking.  Some bills had drafted their text to say “does not meet” which would have created a double negative and in fact had the result of excluding all unaccompanied children from voluntary removal. This bill does not result in treating Mexican children like non-contiguous countries and uses the proper phrasing to ensure that all UACs are treated the same, thus speeding the return of these children to their home countries.

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Granger Testifies at Rules Committee Hearing on Border Crisis Supplemental

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, testified today during the House Rules Committee hearing on H.R. 5230, the House border crisis supplemental legislation. Granger discussed the Working Group recommendations included in the supplemental legislation.

Granger’s Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery

Thank you Chairman Sessions and Ranking Member Slaughter.

I am proud to sit with Chairman Rogers today and testify on a bill that provides an immediate and targeted response to address the humanitarian crisis that is happening right now on our southern border.

As we speak, unaccompanied minors are being sent from Central America through drug cartel smuggling networks across Mexico and through our southern border. Since October, over 58,000 unaccompanied children have made this journey, and many more will continue to come unless we send a clear message that they will not be allowed to stay in the United States. Congress cannot provide more resources to address this crisis without changing the policies that have led to the situation we are in today.

Since Speaker Boehner asked me to lead a working group to provide policy recommendations on what we can do to address the crisis, I have been to the Texas-Mexico border twice and led a CODEL to Guatemala and Honduras to see where the children are coming from and why.

From meetings with State Department officials in Guatemala, to meetings with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, those who are closest to the problem all say that we have to make changes to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The policy recommendations the Working Group presented to the conference makes a tweak to the 2008 law so that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexican and Canadian children for removal purposes.  The policy changes included in the supplemental also ensure that children receive a prompt hearing within seven days after they are detained, and with a requirement that a judge rules no later than 72 hours after a hearing. Accelerating the hearing times will require more judges. Our recommendation is that there are 40 temporary judges brought online until this crisis is under control.   For repatriations we are prioritizing last in, first out. This will send a strong message to the families in the countries of origin that their children will not be permitted to stay.  

With the surge of children, there has been increased pressure on our Customs and Border Protection officials. This supplemental deploys the National Guard to assist high traffic states. This will free up the Border Patrol to focus on their mission. To fully support Customs and Border Protection’s mission, we include a provision to allow CBP unfettered access to federal lands. Right now through a memorandum of understanding, CBP officials are only permitted to pursue suspects onto federal lands. They cannot do regular patrols. This has created high traffic areas for migrants who are doing far more damage to these protected lands than regular CBP patrols would.

Finally, the supplemental includes a sense of Congress that children should not be detained at military bases. While this will not change the law, this provision addresses a serious and growing concern from members of Congress. Not least of the concerns is that housing children on military installations are the least cost-effective facilities to house children.   The Congressional Budget Office has given some initial feedback on the policy recommendations in the bill.  They have said that because the legislation allows for the children to self deport it will lead to immediate savings.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to answering your questions.

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Granger Statement on House Border Crisis Supplemental Package

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement regarding the policy recommendations included in the House border crisis supplemental package.   

“This is a crisis that deserves decisive leadership from President Obama, but his Administration has failed to lead, so the House will take action this week to resolve the urgent situation at the southern border. It would be irresponsible to allow this crisis to continue unabated for another month without immediate action to secure the border and deter more unaccompanied minors from making the journey and crossing the border illegally.  

“The working group recommendations that have been included are the options I believe represent the most urgent actions that need to be taken to curb the flow of unaccompanied minors, along with women with children, from making the perilous journey to the U.S. border. Additionally, this plan provides the tools necessary to process and humanely return unaccompanied children and family units home as quickly as possible as well as to secure our southern border.

“The working group has diligently worked to provide recommendations for the conference to consider that were derived from meetings with interested parties and visits to the Texas-Mexico border and Central America, so I am pleased that many of the most essential aspects of the group’s recommendations have been included in the supplemental.”

Policy Recommendations Included in the House Border Crisis Supplemental Package

•    Amend the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as unaccompanied minors from Canada and Mexico for the purpose of removals. Additionally, this would require unaccompanied children who do not wish to be voluntarily returned to their home country to remain in Health and Human Services custody while they await an expedited immigration court hearing that must occur not more than 7 days after they are screened by child welfare officials. Priority removal will be given to the children who have most recently arrived in the United States.

•    Deploy additional temporary judges to expedite the hearing of asylum and credible fear claims.

•    Change the Immigration and Nationality act to strengthen the law prohibiting criminals with serious drug related convictions from applying for asylum.  

•    Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) activities on federal land under their respective jurisdictions within 100 miles of the US-Mexico border.

•    Deploy the National Guard to the Southern border to assist Border Patrol. 

Text of the legislation, H.R. 5230:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.29.14_FY_2014_Supplemental_Appropriations_Bill.pdf

 

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A former teacher, small business owner and Mayor of Fort Worth, Congresswoman Kay Granger was first elected to represent the 12th congressional district of Texas in 1997.  Earning a reputation for pragmatic leadership and serving as a powerful voice for Texas values, Kay fervently fights for the issues that matter most to Texas’ 12th congressional district and our country.

Since arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kay has distinguished herself as one of the most recognized and influential leaders on defense and foreign policy – an expertise she began developing as the Mayor of Fort Worth, which is home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin.  As a senior member of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, she has continually strengthened the 12th District’s contribution to America’s defense system and supported efforts to provide for our women and men in uniform – both on the battlefield and when they return home from combat.

In 2012, Kay stood with Governor Rick Perry and members of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to fight a costly and unnecessary Air Force proposal that looked to move Texas’ prized C-130 squadron to Montana.  To the Air Force, Texans, and the millions of Americans who depend on the C-130 aircraft to respond to natural disaster emergencies, Kay delivered a powerful message:  C-130s will not be moved without a fight.  Thanks to her work as well as that of Governor Perry, Senator Cornyn, Senator Hutchinson and the entire Texas delegation, the C-130’s stayed where they are needed and where they belong:  Fort Worth.

Kay has long believed that national security and foreign policy go hand in hand.  As the top Republican on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, she has worked to increase global stability and security as well enrich the lives of millions in the developing world through efforts that center on bettering global health, improving the lives of women and teaching emerging democracies how to sustain newly-discovered freedoms.

Kay is also a Majority Deputy Whip and serves on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

In recognition of her achievements, Kay has received the Air Force Foundation Award and the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis Award.  She has also been honored with the Tax Fighter Award by the National Tax Limitation Committee and the Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Congress.  Additionally, the National Association of Manufacturers has recognized her for her pro-growth, pro-worker voting record.  For a full list of the awards she’s received, please click here.

Born in Greenville, TX, Kay was raised in Fort Worth.  Majoring in education, Kay – a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution – graduated from Texas Wesleyan University and became a high school journalism and English teacher.  In 1978, she opened her own insurance agency and operated it for over 20 years, leading her to become the first woman inducted into the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.  In 1991, she was elected as the first female Mayor of Fort Worth where she cut crime by 49 percent and led the city to win the coveted All-American City Award.  Kay, who attends the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, is a mother of three and a proud grandmother to five.


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