Fleischmann Votes to Secure the Southern Border

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R), 3rd District Tennessee

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement after voting for the Secure the Border Act of 2023. From 2019-2023, Rep. Fleischmann was the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations when Democrats controlled the House of Representatives and refused to secure the border.

“Today is a major victory for all Americans. After years of President Biden’s and Congressional Democrats’ open border policies, the new House Republican majority has delivered for the American People by passing the Secure the Border Act.”

“Since President Biden took office, over 5 million illegal immigrants have crossed our southern border, more than 1.3 million illegal aliens have evaded apprehension by Border Patrol, deadly fentanyl has flowed unchecked across the border poisoning American citizens, 80 people on the terrorist watch list have been caught trying to sneak into our country, and every state, including Tennessee, has been turned into a border state.”

“The cause of the border crisis is clear – President Biden’s and DC Democrats’ relentless pursuit of open border policies that have left our nation less secure and created one of the greatest national security, humanitarian, and economic crises our nation has ever seen. When I was the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations, the president and my Democrat colleagues rejected every attempt to restart construction of the Border Wall, increase resources and funding for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, deploy new technologies at the southern border, and end incentives bringing illegal migrants to our country.”

“H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, delivers on our Commitment to America to re-secure our border and finally end the catastrophe at the southern border. This bill will resume construction of the Border Wall, end catch and release, increase the number of CBP agents, provide law enforcement with more resources, deploy needed technologies at the border, and mandate transparency from Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on illegal border crossings.”

“The American People want and demand secure borders. I am proud to have voted for the strongest border security bill our nation has ever seen. I sincerely hope that Democrats in the Senate and President Biden begin to take the border crisis seriously and pass the Secure the Border Act to give the American People secure and safe borders. Americans deserve nothing less.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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