By Todd Spangler
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) today unveiled legislation she says will help secure the nation's borders by requiring agencies to develop a comprehensive border security strategy and come up with ways to measure how effective those efforts are.
Miller, who chairs a subcommittee on border and maritime security, is a sponsor of the legislation along with House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas). A version of the legislation was being introduced today in the Senate as well.
"We need a strategy to get us to a place where we can be confident that the overwhelming majority of illegal crossers are apprehended, as well as drugs and other contraband interdicted," said Miller.
The legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop both a comprehensive border security plan and determine how best to measure whether it is working. It would also require the federal government to use the data collected to allocate manpower and other resources to areas where it was needed.