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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s commitment to sign the funding measure pending before Congress:

“While the funding measure is far from perfect, we successfully fought back the open-borders, catch-and-release demands of Nancy Pelosi and her Defund-ICE caucus. Not only does the bill make an important down payment for the construction of physical barriers and other border security measures, it ensures law enforcement such as ICE can detain violent criminals. It is a critical step in the right direction and will help keep our communities safe.

“The President has also indicated he will declare a national emergency. I support him in making this declaration. We face a humanitarian and national security crisis at the border that must be addressed and the President’s declaration is merely a statement of fact. With the declaration and other legal authorities, the President has access to important tools to take the steps necessary to secure the border.”