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H.R. 6648: Secure America’s Borders First Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2022 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Mexico and Ukraine are thousands of miles apart, but this legislation would tie together the U.S. response to both nations.

Context

Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. A portion of the population, particularly along the eastern portion which borders Russia, retains a strong cultural Russian affiliation. In February, the Russian military invaded Ukraine with the intent of replacing its democratically elected government with a Russian-controlled one.

This could potentially become the largest European land invasion since World War II. In response, in early February, President Joe Biden deployed 3,000 troops to NATO member countries adjacent to Ukraine to assist with Ukrainian refugees, with the …


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117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6648

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 8, 2022

(for himself, Mr. Biggs, Mr. Good of Virginia, Mr. Gaetz, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Hice of Georgia, Mrs. Miller of Illinois, Mr. Norman, Mr. Posey, and Mr. Weber of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To prohibit the obligation or expenditure of military or security assistance to Ukraine until operational control of the United States — Mexico border is achieved, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Secure America’s Borders First Act.

2.

Prohibition

(a)

In general

None of the funds described in subsection (b) may be obligated or expended until the date on which—

(1)

a border wall system along the United States — Mexico border is completed; and

(2)

operational control, as such term is defined in section 2 of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (8 U.S.C. 1701 note), of such border is achieved.

(b)

Funds described

The funds described in this subsection are the following, with respect to programs, projects, or activities in Ukraine:

(1)

Amounts authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense for any fiscal year.

(2)

Amounts authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for security assistance or security cooperation for any fiscal year.

(c)

Border wall system

For purposes of this Act, a border wall system shall include—

(1)

30-foot high internally hardened steel-bollard physical barrier;

(2)

all-weather access and patrol roads;

(3)

perimeter lighting; and

(4)

enforcement cameras, sensors, and anti-tunnel detection technology.