And in case you want to know, POSSE stands for Protect Our Southwestern States Enforcement.
- From the Dallas Morning News:
He may not be proposing a giant wall, but Rep. Randy Weber does have a few other fixes in mind to enhance security on the nation’s southern border with Mexico.
Weber, a Republican from Friendswood, introduced the Protect Our Southwestern States Enforcement Act, or Posse, on Thursday, which would compel the border patrol to address staffing shortages in stations at focal points along the perimeter.
“Our nation’s southern border has been left unprotected for far too long,” Weber said in a written statement. “The Posse Act will direct the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to keep every border patrol station open and fully staffed to effectively halt the flow of illegal aliens, and combat the domestic criminality associated with our current lack of border security.”
In addition to keeping Border Patrol stations open, the Posse Act would mandate double-layer fencing along the southwestern border. Currently, Weber said, that border has “numerous gaps that have allowed for illegal immigrants and potential terrorists to easily cross into the United States.”
Weber’s bill highlights nine specific areas where border patrol stations should be fully staffed, including five in Texas: Big Bend, Del Rio, El Paso, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley.
When Weber was a member of the Texas Legislature from 2009 to 2013, he served on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. In the U.S. House, he now serves on the foreign affairs and science committees.
Weber is seeking his third term in office this fall and is expected to win handily over Democrat Michael Cole.
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It has been referred to the House Home Homeland Security Committee, which then sent it to its Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
- Click here for the webpage of the subcommittee.
The bill has yet to be considered.