Hurd Bill to Stop Drug Smugglers, Border Crisis Becomes Law
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the bipartisan bill by U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) to ensure the intelligence community prioritizes resources to combat drug trafficking, human trafficking and human smuggling in the Northern Triangle and Mexico was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
This bipartisan initiative marks Hurd’s 16th piece of legislation to be signed into law since 2015 and continues his efforts to find long-term, bipartisan solutions to the migration crisis as the Representative of over 820 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, more than any other member of the House. Earlier this year, he expressed concern that the intelligence community was not maximizing the use of intelligence to deny and disrupt transnational smuggling networks that are key contributors to the migration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
The former CIA officers introduced H.R. 3720, the Trafficking and Smuggling Intelligence Act earlier this year, and it first passed the House on July 17 as an amendment to the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act.
“My philosophy is simple and has remained the same: the only way we get big things done in Congress is by working together. My bipartisan effort with Rep. Spanberger to stop drug smugglers exacerbating our border crisis and putting innocent lives at risk is the perfect example of that,” said Hurd. “I’m proud that this is my 16th piece of legislation to be signed into law in 5 years, and I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in Congress over the next year to find solutions to big problems and deliver real results back home.”
“To tackle the security and humanitarian challenges at our southern border, we need to understand the root causes of instability, illegal migration, increased levels of asylum seekers, and senseless violence in Mexico and the Northern Triangle,” said Spanberger, a former federal law enforcement agent and CIA case officer. “As two former intelligence officers, Congressman Hurd and I recognize how the reprehensible activities of criminal organizations in this region create a devastating ripple effect that threatens our national security and exacerbates the ongoing humanitarian crisis along the U.S-Mexico border. At its core, our bipartisan legislation will deploy the expertise of the intelligence community to keep the American people safe and secure. Today, I’d like to thank President Trump for signing our bill into law—and I’d like to thank Congressman Hurd for working across the aisle to protect vulnerable populations in Central America and for committing to strengthening the security of our borders and points of entry.”