Johnson Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Border Security
The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act will help ensure the U.S. asylum system is not abused but instead reserved for persons fleeing persecution or imminent harm
Washington, February 24, 2023
WASHINGTON, February 24, 2023 — United States Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) today introduced legislation to strengthen border security and protection.
The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act will help ensure the U.S. asylum system is not abused but instead reserved only for persons legitimately fleeing persecution or imminent harm in their home countries.
“America is the most compassionate nation in the world, but our immigration system is broken. Reforming that system is a job for Congress, and any balanced legislative approach must include measures to strengthen border security,” Johnson said. “This bill will help ensure that our asylum system is reserved for those truly seeking refuge in America from violence or persecution.”
In Fiscal Year 2021, federal authorities arrested a record 1.7 million people illegally crossing the southern border. In Fiscal Year 2022, the record was again broken as southern border arrests surpassed 2.3 million.
The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act helps prevent abuses which run rampant in the asylum process.
Congressman Johnson is the Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, a member of the House Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, and a former constitutional law litigator.