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Border & Immigration Enforcement

The federal government's first priority is national security. Strong borders, including domestic law enforcement, are necessary to protect Americans from hostile adversaries, drug and human traffickers, and unfair foreign labor competition. Our immigration policy should reflect the security and economic interests of United States citizens. I support building a physical wall along the Mexican border, increasing agents and technology, and quickly arresting and deporting criminal aliens.

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Jul 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrat infighting nearly prevented passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House of Representatives today. The annual defense policy bill, which for 58 years has passed with bipartisan support, instead passed on a party-line vote, surviving only because of concessions to far-left socialists, insisting on the elimination of programs critical to defending the United States from Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries, said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D.
Jun 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, early today voted against the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, citing major flaws in the Democrat-produced legislation. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), who has steered nuclear security and other improvements in past authorizations, issued the following statement about the Committee's mark-up: “This legislation would reverse the gains we have made to rebuild the U.S. military after years of neglect. It cuts nuclear and missile defense, hindering modernization programs to secure our country against advanced adversaries, and cuts defense overall, because of some misguided notion that our country’s strength is the source of all the world’s problems..."
Jun 10, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives today. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted against the bill, the American Dream and Promise Act, releasing the following the statement: “Already this week, the House passed a disaster aid bill without a single dime to alleviate the disaster at the border. Today, Nancy Pelosi and her caucus passed a bill providing amnesty and a path to citizenship, as well as Medicaid, food stamps, and other welfare benefits, to millions of illegal aliens, but no resources to prevent more than a hundred thousand from crossing the southern border every month. It would encourage legal aliens to break the law, to receive the same preferential treatment, and reward repeat criminals, including gang members..."
May 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., issued the following statement supporting President Trump’s plan to solve the border crisis and reform U.S. immigration laws, which the President presented at the White House today: “The President’s plan is a well-thought-out, sensible one that would end the chaos at the border and across the United States, because of weak border security, bad laws and judicial decisions..."
Mar 27, 2019 In The News
Since the National Emergencies Act became law in 1976, U.S. presidents have declared more than 50 emergencies. More than 30 are ongoing. In the past, presidents of both parties have used their emergency powers to reallocate federal funds, reassign government employees, and build infrastructure to protect Americans from terrorist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, and drug cartels.
Feb 19, 2019 In The News
NASHVILLE, TN -- The Preventing Future Shutdowns Act (H.R. 1124) would enact automatic appropriations at reduced spending levels in the event of a lapse. To continue normal operations, national security-related departments would receive 100 percent of previously approved funding. Other departments would see a 5 percent reduction from previously enacted levels. Only discretionary funding would be affected, according to the press release.
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, where international cartels are smuggling drugs and human beings into the United States, and large numbers foreign nationals are illegally crossing into the country: "“Sophisticated international cartels, some of the most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations in the world, are operating just across the border from the United States in Mexico. They partner with foreign adversaries, including Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and China, and smuggle drugs as well as human beings into our neighborhoods, including in my home state of Tennessee..."
Feb 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) attended the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress tonight. The member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in support of conservative economic policies, stronger border security and other elements of Donald Trump’s speech: “More than 90 percent of the media coverage of President Trump is negative, despite our successful work to rejuvenate the economy, which has produced fantastic jobs reports recently. This State of the Union Address was an opportunity for him to address the American people directly, although millions, especially in Tennessee, are experiencing for themselves the power of conservative policies placing middle-class families and small businesses first..."
Jan 31, 2019 In The News
CLEVELAND -- Tennessee's political representatives in Washington remain supportive of President Trump's efforts to fund the construction of a wall along the nation's southern border, stating its necessity in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants, as well as drug traffic.
Jan 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced subcommittee assignments for the new 116th Congress. Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) will join the Subcommittees on Strategic Forces, as well as Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The former oversees nuclear weapons, missile defense and space programs. The latter oversees counter-terrorism, special operations, military intelligence and cyber issues, among others.