This following legislation I made represents a significant step towards a more efficient, secure, and humane approach to border management. It balances the critical need for national security with our moral and legal obligations to those seeking refuge and opportunity in the United States.
I urge my fellow congressional candidates, regardless of political party, to support this bill, recognizing that a stronger, fairer approach to border control is essential for the well-being and security of our nation.
Draft Bill: “Empowering Border Patrol Act”
To the Honorable Members of the United States House of Representatives,
I present for your consideration the “Empowering Border Patrol Act.” This legislation seeks to address critical inefficiencies in our current immigration system, enhance national security, and ensure a humane and just process for those seeking entry into the United States.
Section 1: Title
This Act may be cited as the “Empowering Border Patrol Act of 2025.”
Section 2: Declaration of Purpose
The purposes of this Act are as follows:
- To streamline the border management process, thereby reducing the significant backlog in asylum cases and immigration courts.
- To enhance the national security of the United States by empowering trained Border Patrol agents to make informed, real-time decisions regarding the entry of foreign nationals.
- To ensure that humanitarian considerations are duly observed in line with the United States’ obligations under international law.
- To establish a balanced approach to border control that respects both the integrity of U.S. borders and the dignity of individuals seeking entry.
Section 3: Empowerment of Border Patrol Agents
a. Border Patrol agents are hereby granted the discretionary authority to allow or deny entry to foreign nationals at U.S. ports of entry.
b. This authority shall be exercised in accordance with guidelines to be established by the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with relevant human rights and immigration experts.
c. Agents will receive enhanced training focused on legal standards, human rights considerations, and cultural sensitivity.
Section 4: Oversight and Accountability
a. The Department of Homeland Security shall establish an oversight committee to review the exercise of discretion under this Act.
b. The committee shall include representatives from human rights organizations, legal experts, and other relevant stakeholders.
c. An annual report shall be submitted to Congress detailing the implementation of this Act, including statistics on entry decisions and an assessment of the impact on national security and human rights.
Section 5: Training and Resources
a. The Department of Homeland Security is directed to allocate funds for the training of Border Patrol agents as per the requirements of Section 3.
b. Additional resources shall be provided to ensure agents have access to the necessary technology and infrastructure to carry out their duties effectively.
Section 6: Effective Date
This Act shall take effect ninety (90) days after its passage.
Section 7: Severability
If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be unconstitutional, the remainder of the Act and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
FUJI FOR CONGRESS
Member of Congress
California’s 51st Congressional District