Smith Votes to Address Border Crisis

Aug 1, 2014 Issues: Immigration

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted in favor of legislation which would begin to address the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border into the United States.

“This legislation, while not perfect, would be an important first step to provide resources to address this crisis without writing the President a blank check as he requested,” said Smith.  “The House of Representatives has acted.  It is now time for the Senate to either pass the House bill or to find an alternative solution.  The well-being of the children and the security of our national borders are too important to ignore.”

Congressman Smith has also introduced H.R. 5129, legislation which would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to give states advanced notice when unaccompanied minors are to be placed in a state.

HHS recently announced more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant minors have been moved to Nebraska this year.  However, the State of Nebraska was not given this information by HHS, and the department has not provided details about the children and where they are living in the state.