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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On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will unveil his 118th Congress impeachment articles against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Biggs, along with dozens of Republican congressional members, will hold a press conference at The House Triangle in the United States Capitol.
At least 15 members of Congress will provide remarks advocating for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Congressman Biggs was the first member of Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, as early as August 2021.
The escalating border crisis during the Biden administration has led Biggs and other members to conclude Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In late December, The Washington Examiner reported on Biggs’ cited three examples of how he said Mayorkas broke the law.
“First, Secretary Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control of the border as required under the law,” he said, quoting the Secure Fence Act of 2006’s definition of operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”
He added: “Second, he may have lied to Congress when he testified that he was maintaining operational control of the border.
The third illegal action, Biggs said, was how Mayorkas had not detained illegal immigrants and instead released more than 1 million people into the U.S.
“The law is clear illegal aliens shall be detained,” Biggs said.
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