U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding his recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas:
“America is facing a real crisis at our border. In the past ten months, more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught crossing the southern border. That’s double the amount during the same period the previous year. The Border Patrol now estimates the number could reach 90,000 by the end of September. Without immediate action, more lives of unaccompanied children will be placed at risk and more illegal immigrants, human smugglers, and drug cartels will attempt to enter and stay in our country.
“I have just recently returned from visiting one of the most highly trafficked areas of human smuggling in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Let me explain some of my thoughts on what I saw and what action needs to be taken.
“First, the dramatic influx of illegal immigrants is placing severe strains on our local communities, state agents, and federal resources. Once the illegal immigrants are apprehended, many willingly so, they quickly seek social protection (food, shelter, health care, etc.) and legal assistance to stay. America is a welcoming country, but those who come illegally should not be given a special pathway to residency or citizenship merely because they show up at the border. Aside from breaking U.S. law, this is not fair to American taxpayers or those who have legitimately applied to come to the U.S. and contribute to society.
“Second, Border Patrol agents spoke of a widespread perception from illegal immigrants that the U.S. had relaxed its immigration policies under President Obama and would grant permission – and de facto amnesty – to remain in the country. I saw hundreds of illegal immigrants, many of them young children, who risked their own safety to pursue the false promise of amnesty. We need to put an end to the so-called 'catch and release' system for minors and instead provide a legal return to their home countries within days of their apprehension.
“Third, I remain convinced that simply throwing billions of dollars toward the border will not fix the crisis. As I have stated before, the president’s request of $3.7 billion is not a serious solution. A new Congressional Budget Office analysis found that just $25 million of the money the president requested would actually be spent this fiscal year, which indicates he is not placing a priority on action to protect our border. Instead, most of this money is earmarked for the legal assistance of those who have already entered our nation illegally rather than preventing more from doing the same. Let me be clear: any permanent solution must first send an unequivocal message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated in the United States.
“For these reasons, I fully support Governor Perry’s deployment of the Texas National Guard at our southern border. There is no higher priority than tackling the massive influx of illegal immigration and drug smuggling flooding into Texas. If we’re going to truly secure our border, we need to clamp down on illegal entries with a swift, firm, and humanitarian response that utilizes all appropriate resources. The National Guard has a long history of supporting our local communities in humanitarian relief efforts, and I commend their service in this time of need.
“Fourth, any additional federal funding should be tied to a permanent border security solution. U.S. law already allows for quick return of illegal immigrants to Mexico and Canada. Given the vast numbers of new illegal immigrants coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, it only makes sense that U.S. policy equally apply to the primary region, Central America, of illegal immigrants. The president said he would ask for such a change in conjunction with his funding request but, ultimately, pulled his support to cater to the wishes of his political supporters. Funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, should also be cut off.
“The most inhumane thing to do is to let the children languish in makeshift facilities and entice more kids to make the perilous journey under the false prospect of amnesty. The president must enforce our nation’s laws with an orderly return of those to their home countries. This can and should be achieved in diplomatic conjunction between the U.S. and the respective foreign government. The U.S. should further work with governments in Central America to send a clear message that we will send immigrants home if they cross the border illegally.
“Amidst all of this, from the time I spent with our nation’s border agents, I can tell you they are doing an incredible job under extremely difficult circumstances. Local, state, and federal enforcement services are working around the clock to monitor and protect the border, and to the extent possible, help process the tens of thousands of children. It is a tough job, and they are performing admirably.
“Ultimately, we will only stop the problem by sending a strong message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. I will continue to push for the resources Texas needs to secure the border, a quicker process to remove people who should not be here, and realistic measures to prevent illegal entries. It is long past time for action.”
Congressman Marchant joined a Congressional Delegation which included Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), and Michael Conaway (TX-11) to the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. The delegation visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station, the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center, and a boat and aerial tour of the southern border.
Marchant is a member of the Border Security Caucus, a group dedicated to making border security and interior enforcement top national priorities. He has cosponsored legislation that allows for the expedited return of unaccompanied alien children from countries not contiguous to the United States. The bill also provides for diplomatic conjunction with foreign governments to facilitate repatriation.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard to Texas’ southern border:
“I fully support Governor Perry’s call on the Texas National Guard to address the real crisis at our southern border. There is no higher priority than tackling the massive influx of illegal immigration and human smuggling flooding into Texas. If we’re going to truly secure our border, we need to clamp down on illegal entries with a swift, firm, and humanitarian response that utilizes all appropriate resources – including the cooperation of our local and state enforcement agencies.
“Having recently visited the border myself, I remain convinced that simply throwing billions of dollars at the problem will not fix the crisis. Any permanent solution must first send a clear, firm, and unequivocal message that illegal immigration will not be tolerated in the United States. The Texas National Guard has a long history of responding to emergencies in our local communities. I commend their service at our southern border as we work toward a permanent border security solution.”
Congressman Marchant is also a cosponsor of H. Res. 675, a bill supporting the Constitutional authority of the governors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to deploy their state’s National Guard divisions to assist in securing the nation’s southern border.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today issued the following statement in response to Senate Republicans’ praise of the House lawsuit against President Obama for his abuse of executive power:
“I join Senator Ted Cruz in praising the House for its lawsuit against the president. As Senator Cruz said of the lawsuit, ‘It is terrific that the House of Representatives is trying to hold President Obama accountable for his lawlessness.’
“Only the legislative branch – Congress – is permitted to make, amend, and repeal laws under the Constitution. If the executive attempts to suspend or rewrite laws – as this president has done by unilaterally revising, delaying, or reinterpreting Obamacare 38 times – it is against the constitutional lawmaking process. Instead of going through the required legislative process, the administration delayed the employer mandate for an entire year via a Treasury Department blog post. The executive’s circumvention of Congress should never be taken lightly.
“The House Committee on Rules has taken a productive first step in moving a lawsuit against the president. Like many of my House and Senate colleagues, I support this move to keep the power of the executive in check and reign in constitutional overreach. No American – not even the president – is above the law.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement in regard to the president’s emergency funding request for the border crisis:
“I will not support any additional funding for the border crisis unless the law is changed to allow for quicker return of illegal immigrants to their home countries. The president’s request of $3.7 billion is not a serious solution. A majority of this money is earmarked for the legal assistance of those who have already entered our nation illegally rather than preventing more from doing the same. Simply throwing billions of dollars toward the border doesn’t solve the crisis. Any additional funding must be tied to a permanent border security solution.
“U.S. law already allows for quick return of illegal immigrants to Mexico and Canada. Given the vast numbers of new illegal immigrants coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, it only makes sense that U.S. policy equally apply to illegal immigrants from Central America. The president’s funding request does nothing to change these policies. He said that he would ask for such a change in conjunction with his funding request but, ultimately, pulled his support to cater to the wishes of his political supporters.
“Time and again, President Obama has put his own political interests ahead of the needs of our nation. Nothing makes this clearer than his refusal to visit the border this week while fundraising in Texas. I will not support giving the president any additional funding for the crisis until he puts forward a serious plan to secure the border, enforce our immigration laws, and expedite the return of those who illegally enter the U.S. to their respective home countries.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc.
“With today’s ruling, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that overreaching government mandates do not trump the fundamental freedoms guaranteed in our constitution. This is a huge victory for religious liberty. No person of faith – including family business owners – should ever face a penalty from the federal government for seeking to live and work in accordance with their core spiritual convictions.
“Like many of my constituents, I have serious objections to Obamacare’s mandate that forces business owners and non-profit organizations to provide insurance coverage for services that may violate their deeply held religious beliefs. I am very pleased with the Court’s decision today and hope they rule in a similar manner for others who are fighting Obamacare’s infringement on the free exercise of religion.”
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) has joined the Congressional Border Security Caucus – a group of Members who feel that border security and interior enforcement must top national priorities. Marchant issued the following statement on joining the Caucus.
“The current crisis at our southern border comes as a direct result of inadequate border security and weak immigration enforcement. According to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, only 129 miles of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border are under ‘full control.’ This means that just 6.5 percent of our southern border is adequately protected against illegal immigration, drug traffickers, and national security threats.
“The Border Security Caucus recognizes that our nation is extremely vulnerable right now and – at a time when we cannot trust the president to enforce our immigration laws – no changes in immigration policy should even be discussed until our borders are totally secure. I fully agree with this and look forward to joining them in the fight to make border security and interior enforcement top national priorities.”
Today, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and the Ways and Means Committee met to consider the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393), and the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 4935). Marchant issued the following statement after voting to pass both bills out of committee.
“Millions of American families are struggling make ends meet in an economy where their hard-earned paychecks are barely enough to cover the rising costs of everyday essentials. These difficulties are compounded by an unfair, outdated tax code that makes it even harder to provide for a family and put children through college.
“This morning, my Ways and Means colleagues and I took steps to strengthen critical tax provisions that many Americans depend on. With a streamlined education tax credit, parents and students will have greater access to affordable higher education opportunities. A modernized child tax credit will allow Americans to keep more of their take-home pay so they can better manage the high costs of supporting a family.
“I was pleased to see both the bills pass out of the committee today. We must continue pushing for a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that supports all Americans who are working to make life better for their children and families.”
The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing today on the administration’s reported loss of emails critical to the committee’s IRS targeting investigation. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding the hearing.
“Throughout our nearly two-year investigation into the IRS’s political targeting, the administration has consistently changed their narrative and worked to impede our efforts to get the truth. Now they say the computers of Lois Lerner and six others directly involved in the targeting all crashed, and over two years worth of emails from the height of the targeting activity have disappeared. This is extremely questionable in itself. It becomes even harder to believe when we know the White House and IRS have worked for months to keep the lost documents a secret while claiming they would produce all of Lerner’s emails.
“My constituents – especially those who were personally targeted by the IRS – deserve real answers. All they have gotten are excuses. Enough is enough. Today, I pressed the IRS commissioner to exhaust all efforts to recover the lost emails and provide them to Congress as he promised. If he and the administration are unwilling or unable to do so, the Senate must immediately join our efforts to bring in an independent prosecutor to uncover all the facts.”
Additional information regarding today’s hearing can be found here.
Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) was a featured guest this week on NBC 5’s “Lone Star Politics” television program. Marchant discussed a number of important issues for Texas and the nation, including the next steps in Iraq and border security.
To watch this interview on NBC 5’s website, click here.
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement on the recent reports of a surge in illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America and Mexico.
“The president has failed to secure our southern border and his lax immigration enforcement policies have all but invited the dramatic spike in illegal crossings, many of whom are children from Central America and Mexico. Since October 1, more than 47,000 children traveling without parents have been caught illegally crossing the southern border, a 92 percent increase over the same period in 2013. As many as 90,000 children are forecasted to illegally enter the U.S. this year without parents or guardians. The upsurge in illegal crossings is placing severe strains on our local communities in Texas, state governments, and federal resources.
“This week, the president requested $2 billion of taxpayer money to go toward the influx of illegal immigrants. I will not support this request. As the current border situation shows, the president has failed to secure the borders, enforce the nation’s immigration laws, or outline a workable plan of action. While the situation is complex as thousands apprehended by the Border Patrol are children, the president must still enforce our nation’s laws with an orderly return of those to their home countries. This can and should be achieved with the utmost humanity, swiftness, and firmness, all in diplomatic conjunction between the U.S. government and the respective foreign government. The most inhumane thing to do is to let the children languish in makeshift U.S. facilities and entice more children to illegally cross the border under the false prospect of amnesty.
“Our nation welcomes those who want to work hard, contribute to society, and play by the rules – but those who will not should be deterred. We need to secure our borders, enforce the law, and put a stop to illegal immigration.”
Marchant has pressed the Department of Homeland Security for answers on how the Obama Administration's inadequate enforcement of existing immigration laws has contributed to the recent surge of illegal immigrants. Read the letter here.
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As a lifelong conservative, Congressman Kenny Marchant is committed to the values of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Congressman Marchant has a strong record of fighting for lower taxes, eliminating wasteful government spending, bringing accountability and transparency to government, supporting free markets and opposing bailouts, securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, and protecting human life in all its stages.
Congressman Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas on February 23, 1951, and was then raised in Carrollton. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern Nazarene University.
After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Congressman Marchant started his own construction and home building business. As a small business owner, he was responsible for creating jobs and meeting a regular payroll, an experience that taught him the importance of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
Congressman Marchant’s commitment to public service led him to run for the Carrollton City Council, where he was elected and served for four years before being elected mayor of Carrollton. After serving two years as mayor of Carrollton, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986.
As a state representative, Congressman Marchant earned a reputation as a strong conservative leader and consensus-builder. In the Texas House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity. In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four years.
During his time in the Texas House, Congressman Marchant was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly, “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League, and “Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year” by the American Family Association for his consistent record of sponsoring and supporting pro-family legislation.
In 2004, he was elected to represent Texas’ 24th Congressional District. As a member of Congress, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the Center for Security Policy’s “Champion of National Security” Award for his strong record of defending America’s sovereignty, safety, and freedom; the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s “Taxpayer Hero” Award for his principled stand against earmarks and excessive government spending; the Club for Growth’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award for his consistent record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government; the American Conservative Union’s “Defender of Liberty” Award for his commitment to conservative principles; and the National Federation of Independent Business’ “Guardian of Small Business” Award for his unwavering support for small business.
Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction that includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Congressman Marchant serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In the 113th Congress, he was selected by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp to Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Debt, Equity and Capital as part of the Committee’s effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform.
In addition, Congressman Marchant serves as a senior member on the House Committee on Education and Workforce which handles education, health, workforce, and pension policy. This marks a return to a committee he served on in the 109th and 110th Congresses.
Congressman Marchant is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The RSC is a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Marchant and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas. They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in the 24th District and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters. He is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Nazarene University.
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