September 29, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Lou Correa (CA-46), Ranking Member of the House Border Security and Enforcement Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the House GOP’s proposed continuing resolution (CR) that will ensure a government shutdown:

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle are putting politics over public safety, and putting the homeland security of our country at risk,” Correa said. “Not only does this CR walk back on the bipartisan debt-limit deal we struck, it will make the challenges being faced at our southern border worse—that means hurting our communities and hampering our nation’s economic prosperity, all while making a government shutdown more likely.”

In addition to countless other reckless cuts, this CR includes the GOP’s flawed border legislation—that Correa voted against—that would further exacerbate the challenges at the border. It would cut off most access to humanitarian protections for migrants and would make migrant processing less efficient by restricting the use of CBP One and crushing the Department of Homeland Security’s parole authority.

“Instead of offering real solutions, or welcoming Democrats to the negotiating table, my Republican colleagues are ramming through this chamber a misguided piece of legislation that will create more chaos, hurt DHS, and strip essential resources for the orderly processing of migrants,” he concluded. “I once again call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to put political gamesmanship aside and pass clean government spending bills—to prevent catastrophe, keep our constituents safe, and our government open for its citizens.”

Specifically, the border bill included in this CR:

  • Provides no additional resources for CBP officers at ports of entry – and leaves them out to dry in the wake of Title 42 being lifted.
  • Criminalizes non-profits and faith organizations trying to help the government process asylum seekers and give support to local border communities.
  • Ends America’s decades old asylum system and creates more bottlenecks at ports of entry by limiting CBP agents’ abilities to process asylum seekers between ports.
  • Permanently and indefinitely detains asylum seekers and rips families already living and working in the U.S. from our communities.
  • Fails to provide needed resources at ports of entry, where a majority of Fentanyl is seized, to fight Fentanyl smugglers.