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Immigration

Our immigration system is broken and in need of desperate reform. In order to address these issues, the first step is securing our border and providing our law enforcement with the resources needed to do their jobs.

We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws – immigrants have made enormous contributions to our society. They have waited their turn, followed the law, and become citizens. However, tens of thousands of people have crossed our border illegally, overstayed a visa, and now demand special treatment. In order to address these issues, the first step is securing our border and providing our law enforcement with the resources needed to do their jobs.

While in Congress, I have had the opportunity to visit the southern border to hear from CBP officials about the resources they need to safely and effectively execute their mission. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to reform our system so we can keep Americans safe:

  • Cosponsored the Border Security for America Act (H.R.3548) which directs the Department of Homeland security to develop infrastructure and technology that will deter illegal border crossings.

  • Cosponsored the Supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (H.Res.990) which expresses support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and condemns calls to abolish ICE.

  • Cosponsored the Secure Our Borders First Act (H.R.399) which requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to be situationally aware of the threat posed by illegal immigration and illicit border activity, and to prevent unlawful entry into the United States.

  • Cosponsored the National Border and Homeland Security Act (H.R.4962) which forced the Secretary of Homeland Security to tighten border security by building a wall, increasing the number of customs and border patrol agents, and reprioritizing funding to border states.

More on Immigration

Jul 6, 2021 Column

There is no denying a crisis on our Southern Border exists, unless you’re President Joe Biden and his Border Czar Kamala Harris. Only five months into 2021, border patrol experienced 929,868 encounters with illegal migrants crossing our southern border. To put this massive number into perspective, there were only 458,088 encounters in all of 2020. This significant increase shows how the Biden administration’s immigration policies are failing.

Mar 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fort Hood Representatives Roger Williams (TX-25) and John Carter (TX-31) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran, urging them not to house illegal immigrants on Ft. Hood and reminding them of the language they secured in the FY17 NDAA that prevents this action without House and Senate certification. You can find the full letter at the bottom of the release.

Jan 22, 2021 Column

President Biden wasted no time fulfilling his campaign promises to enact the radical Left’s agenda. Less than 24 hours after being sworn into office, he has made our nation, and its future, less safe.

Mar 10, 2020 Video

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25)  addressed the House of Representatives in support of the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, which provides a civil remedy for individuals harmed by sanctuary jurisdiction policies.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“I thank the gentleman from North Carolina for yielding me time. The greatest commitment I make to my constituents in Texas’ 25th District is to keep them and their families safe.

Jun 28, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Texans, 

Jun 24, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's abrupt delay in launching a massive deportation effort aimed at families in several American cities — including Houston — drew responses divided along partisan lines.

After exchanges via news release, Twitter and a phone call, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully lobbied Trump to hold off on deporting immigrants around the country. Trump announced the delay in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids via Twitter on Saturday.

Jun 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Roger Williams (R-TX) released the following statement on the recent delay of ICE raids:

Jun 22, 2019 In The News

The deployment of the troops, who are under the governor's command, would cost the state additional funding beyond the $800 million lawmakers allocated in the legislative session to fulfill a federal government responsibility.

Abbott said the action was necessary because federal authorities have apprehended 45,000 people crossing the border illegally in the last three weeks.

Feb 22, 2019 Column

BY: ROGER WILLIAMS

The question about our nation’s border security is not whether there is a crisis; there is. The question is, do we have the political courage to do something about it?

Feb 13, 2019 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) joined Fox Business’ Varney & Co. to discuss the need for border security and the status of government spending bill.