Mar 10 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Solving the Border Crisis Act. This bill would secure the Southern border by resuming construction of the border wall, strengthening management and enforcement capacities, and upholding the rule of law.

“President Biden has made one poor decision after another that has created a crisis at our Southern border, including stopping construction of a border wall and ending Remain in Mexico,” said Senator Tillis. “I’m proud to co-introduce this legislation to take action to gain back control of our border and stop the historic level of encounters with illegal immigrants.” 

The Solving the Border Crisis Act will:

  • Immediately resume border wall construction;
  • Make the Remain in Mexico program permanent;
  • Disapprove of a Biden administration rule allowing asylum officers to hear asylum claims instead of immigration judges;
  • Establish a sense of Congress that the President declare a national security emergency at the southern border;
  • Extend Title 42 until at least 120 days after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Require a comprehensive plan of action to address the influx of illegal migrants should Title 42 be terminated;
  • Establish minimum staffing levels for immigration enforcement, border patrol, and field operation agents;
  • Ensure sufficient detention facilities are funded for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to meet requirements;
  • Determine if Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is collecting the DNA of unlawful migrants as authorized by law to help with criminal investigations in the U.S.; and
  • Require DHS to report how the agency is attempting to mitigate border encounters.