WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024, the $118 billion compromise bill intended to address the Biden border crisis and national security needs:

“Most Americans understand that, since President Biden took office, the situation at our southern border has grown to become a serious and growing national security and humanitarian crisis.  The President and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have shown us over and over that they are unwilling to enforce existing law.

“I’ve said before that securing the border is a top priority for me and that I’m willing to work on legislation to fix our long-standing border security and immigration policies.  However, I cannot support this border policy bill, which is not the answer to begin correcting all the problems caused by the administration’s open border policies.  Given their record, I have very little confidence that President Biden or Secretary Mayorkas would actually enforce it.”