Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, today released a statement following the release of the Trump administration’s plan to strengthen border security and reform legal immigration.
“A White House plan to boost border security and reform our immigration system is a welcome step,” The administration isn’t able to go it alone – Congress must carry out its Constitutional duty to legislate to address the serious challenges at our southwest border. I am hopeful this proposal will open negotiations. We must address the growing humanitarian and national security crisis.”
Recently in the halls of Congress, it’s become a much too common practice for some Democrats to spew hatred and anti-Semitism. From Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to Representative Rashida Tlaib to Representative Illhan Omar, their words cut deeply.
Their spreading of anti-Semitism is harmful to all Americans. On the world stage, we have also seen the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement gaining traction and trying to hurt Israel. The BDS movement is cover for some of the world’s worst anti-Semites. The movement is ultimately devoted to the destruction of the state of Israel. I am a strong supporter of Israel.
Not only is Israel fundamental to my Christian faith, it is one of our greatest allies. This week, to show my support, I, along with my Republican colleagues, signed a Discharge Petition to bring legislation to the House Floor for a vote. If the Discharge Petition gets 218 signatures, H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, can be brought to the House Floor for a vote.
The legislation reaffirms the United States’ commitment to Israel and against the BDS movement. Months ago, the Senate passed similar anti-BDS legislation with some Democrat support. Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, the legislation has been collecting dust on Nancy Pelosi’s desk because of some of the Members of her party who have been outspoken critics of Israel.
There is no place in Congress or America for this type of hatred. It is vile and repugnant. It must be condemned. I have been very disappointed in the Democrat leadership for not condemning this type of behavior and for not standing up for Israel.
I hope we can bring this vote to the Floor and show the world that we are standing up for and standing with Israel. As always, I want to hear from you on this or any issue. Please sign up for my e-Newsletter and the Rogers’ Roundup by visiting www.mikerogers.house.gov