WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee, testified Tuesday on the need for smart border security solutions that use real metrics to achieve results before the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

Excerpts of his remarks are below:

“Over the last 30 years, the federal government has repeatedly promised the American people that our borders would be secure. And every time, the federal government has failed to keep that promise.

“While S. 744 throws more than $46 billion of resources at the border, as you said, it contains no mechanism to ensure that these resources will be effectively or properly implemented. No accountability, no guaranteed results—just more hollow promises emanating from Washington.

“The legislation would also require the Department of Homeland Security to purchase billions of dollars of specific equipment designated by the Congress —with no approved plan or strategy for deployment.

“S.744 has no accountability mechanism to ensure that the required equipment is actually integrated to achieve results, merely that it is deployed.

“This is a backwards approach that will virtually ensure that billions of taxpayer dollars and border security resources are wasted.

“So what would a smart and sustainable border look like?

“A smart border must start with a comprehensive, flexible border security strategy.

“A smart border must ensure accountability for how this strategy would be implemented with objective metrics that tell us exactly how many border crossers there are and how much contraband is successfully entering the country.

“No more guessing, no more estimating, no more cooking the books.”