SANCHEZ AMENDMENTS ARE PASSED IN BORDER AND MARITIME SECURITY MARKUP
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), former Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and current second ranked Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, today released the following statement following the Subcommittee’s markup of H.R. 1417, the “Border Security Results Act of 2013. Two of Rep. Sanchez’ amendments passed the Subcommittee.
“I’m pleased that my amendment passed by voice vote to develop a plan for the continuous and systematic surveillance of our nation’s international borders,” said Sanchez. “I had intended to offer a more robust amendment, but look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that DHS creates a strong surveillance plan to secure all borders.
“My second amendment also passed by voice vote and will play a crucial part in securing our border. It is imperative the Department of Homeland Security do more to protect private property rights and privacy rights. My amendment will require the Secretary to create an assessment that will take into consideration the effects of the use of such efforts and technologies on civil rights, private property rights, privacy rights, and civil liberties. As we continue moving forward with securing our border, it is imperative that we respect the rights of every individual that may be affected by the decisions made here in Washington.
“I had planned to offer a third amendment that would have established a Border Community Liaison, within DHS to conduct outreach to local border communities, but I withdrew it after conversations with the majority. However, I will continue working with my Republican colleagues on language that will ensure there is a voice for border communities as border security policy is developed at the Department of Homeland Security. It’s crucial we give individuals in border communities a seat at the table as the Department develops a larger strategy to secure our nation’s borders.”