(Washington, DC) – Today, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of legislation to address the ongoing crisis on the border:

“The crisis on the border has been inflamed by the President’s own misguided policies encouraging unlawful immigration. Today’s legislation allows for the States to deploy the National Guard to immediately assist in securing our Southwest border, amends existing law to discourage additional unlawful crossings, provides for additional judges to expedite proceedings necessary to send unaccompanied minors back to their families in their home country and funds emergency care for the children trapped in this humanitarian crisis. In short, this package supplies the critical resources to provide necessary humanitarian aid now and prevent additional, and avoidable, crises in the future.”

The border legislation package amends the 2008 law to ensure all unaccompanied minors receive a prompt hearing; prohibits the Administration from restricting Border Patrol access to federal lands along the Southwest border; prohibits drug dealers from claiming asylum; prohibits any additional executive actions unilaterally suspending enforcement of immigration laws; provides necessary funding to deploy the National Guard to the Southwest border to assist Border Patrol, for additional judges to expedite adjudication cases, strengthen border security efforts, provides for the return of arriving individuals to their home countries, and ensures necessary detention spaces while these individuals are awaiting processing. Funding will be offset through spending reductions and will only cover necessary expenditures through the end of this fiscal year on September 30, 2014.

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