A passionate North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones tells Newsmax TV
that the border security bill introduced in the House is a "Trojan Horse" because it doesn't actually secure the border.
"I do not understand why the Republican leadership are not listening to the American people," Jones told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Friday.
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"The American people said that 'we know we've got a problem with illegal aliens in America, but if you don't secure the border, then, Washington, we don't want you to have a debate,'" the North Carolina Republican explained.
"What I know about this bill . . . is it does not do what is necessary to secure the borders of America," he said, saying he agrees "with the terminology 'Trojan Horse.'"
"Therefore, I am really upset with my side, the Republican side," he added.
The Secure Our Borders First Act was introduced in the House by Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The legislation made it through that committee on a 18-12 party-line vote late Wednesday and is heading to the House floor.
Once debate begins on the House floor, Jones argues that the American people will become more vocal in their opposition to it.
The North Carolina Republican, who is the senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, is not alone in his disappointment with the measure.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks called the border security bill "a show horse, not a work horse, and as such it is an effort to convince the American people that we are doing something substantive to secure the border when in fact nothing substantive is being done."
The Obama administration has also criticized the bill, saying that it "would actually leave the border less secure."
The Daily Caller
is reporting that the House bill and the companion bill in the Senate actually require the removal of at least 66 miles of anti-pedestrian border fencing on the U.S.-Mexican border.
In addition, it only requires building 27 miles of double-layer fencing to be built.
McCaul has defended this move, saying that anymore fencing than that "would be an inefficient use of taxpayer money to complete the fence," but the bills do put money into technology such as increasing the use of drones along the border.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson
, who is the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and coauthor of the Senate's version of bill told Newsmax that he expects to have bipartisan support for the border security measure in the Senate and that it does have public support.
The Wisconsin Republican called the legislation, a "first step in any kind of immigration reform."
Jones, who is serving his 10th term in the House, says that he's "really dismayed by what I've heard today about this legislation that's been introduced in the House and Senate because to me, it's a slap in the face of the American people who are concerned about national security."
According to the North Carolina Republican, one of the problems is that Congress "is controlled by outside money, special interests, and both parties are guilty of raising more and more millions and millions of dollars so they can run for office and control the House and control the Senate."
He contends that "the Republican Conference needs a strong leader," and it's the reason he did not support House Speaker John Boehner's reelection as the top House leader because he is not a "strong leader."
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