Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after visiting the Arizona-Mexican border to meet with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to see the implementation of current border security programs on the ground.
"During August I traveled over 2,000 miles and had the opportunity to meet with countless Alabamians. High on their list of concerns are securing our nation's borders and getting our country's fiscal house in order. Most of all I heard from folks that they have hope our nation will get back on track. Protecting our borders is one of the core responsibilities of the federal government and over the past few years the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee has worked to robustly support frontline personnel and operations and do it in a fiscally responsible way," said Aderholt. "Seeing those operations first-hand is a critical component of my role as Chairman and it was an honor and a privilege to meet with the brave men and women serving at our border," said Aderholt.
"I have often said dollars spent do not necessarily equal security realized. Simply pumping money into a program does not guarantee its success and oversight of these critical, but costly border security initiatives is vital to ensure we yield the best results in our nation's investment at the border. In visiting these facilities last week, I was able to see a variety of key border security initiatives at work and discuss the successes and struggles of current programs, technologies and missions with the folks on the ground in our nation's day-to-day border security operations," continued Aderholt.
"Visits like this one are an immense opportunity for me as a steward of taxpayers limited resources, to not only provide oversight of those dollars already appropriated, but also help guide the Subcommittee in where we put resources going forward," concluded Aderholt.
Aderholt visited several Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities along the Southwest border, including the Joint Field Command Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona; the Bear Valley Forward Operating Camp; Ft. Huachuca for CBP air operations; the DeConcini Port of Entry, Mariposa Port of Entry for cargo processing, and the Nogales Border Patrol Station in Nogales, Arizona; and the I-19 Checkpoint. Additionally, the Congressman received both aerial and ground tours of the border terrain in which CBP operates between the ports of entry.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt's work in Congress visit www.aderholt.house.gov.