The bill would set up at least two “joint operations centers” where border security personnel and resources from multiple levels of government can converge. The bill would require a report to Congress on the status of the centers, to be led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The centers would focus on intercepting criminal activity, including drug trafficking and terrorism. The text of the bill states that the centers would be located “along the southern border of the United States,” but does not specify a particular state or county.
“It is evident, from what we are witnessing at our southern border, that the only group benefiting from this self-inflicted chaos are criminals, drug and human traffickers, and the cartels,” Flores said in a news release announcing the legislation. “Our bill will put an end to this by bettering our law enforcement coordination and their ability to counter these dangerous groups. I thank my colleagues for joining me in this bipartisan and bicameral effort.”
Flores and her colleagues introduced the bill on August 2. The signers of the legislation include U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), Susie Lee (D-NV-03), and Chris Pappas (D-NH-01).
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced similar legislation earlier this year in the Senate, according to the news release.
After the retirement of former Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), Flores won a four-way special election in the 34th Congressional District. She received just over a majority of the vote, defeating Democratic frontrunner Dan Sanchez.
A copy of Flores’ bill can be found below.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."