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Congressmen form Bipartisan ‘Border Security Technology Caucus’ to Combat Border Crisis

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Four U.S. Representatives have worked together to create the “Border Security Technology Caucus.” In a bipartisan coalition, Republican Tony Gonzales of Texas, Democrat Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Republican Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee and Tim Ryan of Ohio announced Friday the caucus will be the first to find technological solutions to help aid our southern border crisis.

Initiatives such as adding ‘Autonomous Surveillance Towers’ that enable detection of migrants without the need for border agents to be present will help authorities better allocate resources. “Border patrol agents are asking for this,” Republican Representative Gonzales told Newsweek. “And they’re pushing hard.”

He noted the morale of agents is very low, and drug cartels have increased their technology presence and intelligence. He told Newsweek that agents have seen small drones fly across the border and drop illegal drugs, going back and forth “all day long.”

Gonzales also said the agents have no tools at their disposal to combat this technology. “I’m a cryptologist by trade, a cyber guy, and in the cyber realm, you get obsolete very fast,” he added.

The Democratic Representative Gonzalez told Newsweek he met with former President Trump on the matter, as well as developers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I had many conversations with President Trump about using cutting-edge technology on our border, and I used to use the word of having a ‘virtual wall’ through cutting-edge technology,” said Gonzalez.

“I’m for secure borders and I’m for immigration,” he added, “and I think that the best way to do it is through cutting-edge technology that we already have.”

“The fact is, we just need to control the border the way we have for generations now and keep it safe and have an orderly process for folks who want to come across,” said Democrat Representative Gonzalez.

“I think that this caucus will be able to see technological ideas and advances that now exist that we can present to the appropriate committees on this issue,” he added, “and do it in a bipartisan way.”

By combatting drug smuggling technologies and introducing equipment that makes it easier to detect people being smuggling across the border, the two lawmakers said that America can better crack down on cartel influence.

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  1. David Levine

    March 19, 2022 at 10:48 am

    All very nice, BUT WE NEED THE TRUMP WALL, period!

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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