Fixing the Border Crisis
Will Hurd’s strategy to secure our borders and protect Americans
In Congress, I represented a district that covered a significant amount of America’s Southern border. Spending time in border communities along the Texas border and working with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), I know first-hand the challenges we face at the Southern border.
Politicians love to talk about the border crisis, but inaction on both sides of the aisle speaks louder than their sound bites. To achieve real homeland security, we need a border security policy that:
- Cracks down on cartels and human smugglers operating across our northern and Southern border,
- Puts in place strong disincentives to curb illegal crossings of our southwest border,
- Eliminates long-term root causes of illegal immigration
The Southern border crisis caused by failed policies of the Biden Administration makes President Biden one of the worst border security presidents in the last two decades. However, this current crisis began under Donald Trump.
Will Hurd Speaks
Border nuances must be respected
Every mile of the southwest border is different from every other mile.
We have to grow the GOP
I want Republican wins, and that means the party needs to grow.
We take democracy for granted
We need everyone to show up and vote.
What about the Northern Border?
We have illegal immigration at the northern border too.
Treat cartels, human smugglers, and traffickers like terrorist organizations
I hunted terrorists in the Middle East. We should be hunting those who cross our border illegally using the full capabilities of the intelligence community to dismantle their networks in Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America.
We must treat the cartels and transnational criminal organizations the same way we treated the ISIS and al Qaeda: as terrorist organizations that pose a direct national security threat to Americans. They are at the heart of this border crisis and Border Patrol and local law enforcement needs help against this threat.
Out talking to those who agree, and disagree
Categorize drug trafficking as an act of importing a weapon of mass destruction
Fentanyl killed over 109,000 Americans last year alone while Mexican drug cartels raked in hundreds of millions of dollars flooding the U.S. with the dangerous drugs. This poison is eroding our homeland security and fueling the border crisis.
The smuggling of illegal drugs like opioids must face penalties equivalent to those imposed on terrorists who manufacture, possess, or use a weapon of mass destruction against our citizens.
Audit and Enhance Border Security
We must improve our ability to secure and achieve operational control of the southern and northern borders. The federal government needs to do more than just build a border wall for border protection. The men and women of Border Patrol need a digital shield using state of the art technology like drones, sensors and artificial intelligence to keep us safe.
As the first proponent on Capitol Hill to advocate for the provision of automated sentry towers to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to monitor and track illegal border crossers, I understand first-hand the need to give our border patrol agents the ability to harness new technology to secure each mile of our border.
Further, we must audit the natural impediments that make visual detection more difficult, invest in current points of entry to shore up infrastructure, create new ports of entry to alleviate congestion and enhance security scans, and shore up partnerships with state and local law enforcement through greater investments in Operation Stonegarden.
Addressing Root Cause
The 5.5 million people who have come into our country illegally have abused the asylum process and our immigration laws.
President Joe Biden continued Donald Trump’s policy of treating everyone coming to the country illegally as an asylum seeker, which has caused the situation at the border to morph into the humanitarian crisis it now is and strained the resources of Health and Human Services (HHS), Border Patrol and the immigration court.
Millions of asylum seekers are leaving places like the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – and overwhelming our borders and the Biden Administration is incapable of turning the tide.
We must properly use existing foreign aid programs to these countries to help prevent the root cause of our border being overwhelmed: violence, lack of economic opportunity and extreme poverty. It’s a fraction of the cost to solve problems there before they show up here.
An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done
About the book
Will draws on his unique experiences in back alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of international businesses, and the halls of Congress to lay out a detailed plan to “reboot America,” offering a fresh start to a country mired in political divides and internal strife.
Will Hurd tells a great story about his life and his experiences in the CIA, private business, and as a Congressman.
The book also serves as a playbook for like minded Republicans that want to transform the party from the extremes of Trump back to a solutions based party that actually gets things done.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Part personal story, part political analysis, but mainly just common sense thinking and analysis of solutions to problems.
Will Hurd is an amazing writer and person and I expect to see him do great things in the future.
This was a great read. As someone who tends to identify as an Independent or moderate, I thought Mr. Hurd made some great points and offered thoughtful solutions.
I hope he considers a run for political office again, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.
A life long Republican I had lost hope that I would ever vote Republican again after the extremist views have taken over the party over the last 6 years.
This book covered all my values & concerns in a nuanced way that the majority of politicians today seem incapable of doing.
Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.
Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.
The choice we face
In every decision we make, we stand at a crossroads. The path of division and quick fixes is well-trodden, but it’s time we consider a different route – one paved with unity and foresight.
Imagine an America where common sense prevails, where policies are crafted with the people’s best interests at heart, and our collective strengths are the foundation of national progress.
This is more than a possibility. It’s a choice we can make right now. By coming together, we have the power to foster a nation that champions innovation, inclusivity, and integrity.
What do we agree on?
The future of the GOP
The most interesting man in Congress
Prize for Civility in Public Life
Blocked by the most Chinese Diplomats
Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin
What’s a modern republican look like?
We’re a nation full of people with these values. If this describes you, you might be a modern Republican.
Respectful and PoliteStrong old school manners. You respect others, and say "please" and "thank you"
FairYou give someone a fair shot
EmpathicYou're ready to put yourself in the shoes of someone else.
InformedNo matter street smarts or book smarts, you understand an education is important
Family ValuesYou put your family above everything and do everything you can to succeed
ResponsibleYou take responsibility for your actions and believe in personal responsibility
KindYou help others and you're always quick to smile
PerseveringYou don't let a little hardship get in your way
CompassionateYou know that we're better together and you are ready to help
Will got more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in their entire career. He worked across the aisle, and prioritized good policy over politics.