Pfluger’s bill to seal cross-border tunnels passes committee

WASHINGTON The House Committee on Homeland Security advanced Rep. August Pfluger’s bill to mitigate criminal activity on the border on Wednesday, a press release stated.

Pfluger’s bill, the DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act (H.R. 4209), reportedly aims to secure the southern border by directing CBP to develop a plan to counteract illegal underground tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border.

This bill will thwart drug cartels and human traffickers who utilize the more than 230 tunnels currently in existence to smuggle narcotics, weapons, and cash back and forth on the border, the press release detailed.

“I am thrilled that my bill to seal cross-border tunnels has advanced through the markup process in committee,” Pfluger stated in the press release. “We cannot secure our border if we continue to allow drugs, narcotics, weapons, and to be smuggled unabated back and forth underground and right under our noses. We must seal these tunnels and defend American communities.”