WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that he has formed a member working group on the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and asked Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) to lead the effort:

“The president has allowed a national security and humanitarian crisis to develop on the U.S. southern border.  There are two imperatives here: protect those children and secure our border.  I sent a letter to the president last week outlining a series of steps I believe need to be taken immediately to achieve those goals.  These steps include sending the National Guard to the border to protect these children, so the border patrol can do its job. 

“The president has failed to take the necessary steps to address this crisis, so today I’ve decided to form a working group to advise us and keep lawmakers informed on the situation down there.  I’m pleased that Kay Granger has agreed to lead this effort, and I know this group will get to work immediately.”

The working group will include the following members:

  • Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
  • Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
  • Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)
  • Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)

NOTE:  Last week, Speaker Boehner sent a letter to President Obama  urging him to act immediately on the humanitarian crisis along our southern border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors are crossing from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.  Read the entire letter here.