immigration
America is a country governed by the rule of law. I have strongly opposed executive amnesty and the spread of sanctuary cities and states that operate as lawless havens for illegal immigrants. Secure countries have secure borders. A wall puts a stop to the caravans of illegal immigrants trying to cross our border, and blocks the flow of drugs, human trafficking, terrorists, and other dangerous criminals. Until we secure our border and ports of entry, every state in our nation will be a border state and every town will be a border town. 

Blackburn Joins Tillis, Grassley to Stop Sanctuary Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act, legislation that will help stop sanctuary cities. The legislation would clarify the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) detainer authority, clearly establish the authority of states and localities to maintain custody in cases in which a detainer has been issued, and incentivize cooperation between law enforcement...

Blackburn on Fox News: Quick DNA Test Will Root Out Child Traffickers at Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Fox News’ Mornings with Maria to discuss her legislation to require a DNA test to substantiate the familial relationship between an alien and an accompanying minor. The legislation will prevent drug traffickers and gang members from trafficking children. The Senator also discussed the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report on alleged FISA abuse.

On the End Child Trafficking Now Act “These children are being placed into sex...

Blackburn, Ernst Lead Bicameral Bill to Protect Migrant Children from Human Traffickers at Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the first two Republican women to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to combat asylum fraud and protect children arriving at the border from falling victim to human trafficking. S. 2420, the End Child Trafficking Now Act of 2019, amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to require a DNA test to substantiate the familial relationship between an alien and an accompanying minor. The...

Blackburn Joins Inhofe, Colleagues to Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to introduce legislation to restore integrity to and strengthen the asylum process by eliminating loopholes.

“The crisis at our border requires immediate action,” said Senator Blackburn. “We can’t let traffickers and drug cartels continue to take advantage of our laws. This legislation targets asylum fraud to eliminate loopholes and...

Blackburn Joins Graham to Commend Border Patrol Officials for Honorable Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to introduce a resolution commending the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their honorable service.

“Our CBP officers have answered a call of duty far greater than the one they signed up for,” Senator Blackburn said. “Instead of defending our nation’s sovereignty, they are being asked to provide medical attention for which they have not been...

Blackburn Receives Update from FBI Director Wray on Combatting Opioids

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation”. The Senator questioned Director Wray on the FBI’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“The opioid crisis has really taken such a toll in Tennessee. We know now that it is more than double the deaths from homicide,” said Senator Blackburn. “Fifty medical professionals had an indictment issued by DOJ...

Blackburn Votes to Send Resources to Secure Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) voted to fund the needs of border patrol officials to address the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. The bill passed the Senate with a substantial bipartisan majority of 84-4, providing $4.59 billion in funds.

“The humanitarian crisis on the border has reached a critical breaking point. It is about time that my colleagues across the aisle finally acknowledged the severity of this heartbreaking situation,”...

Blackburn: Situation at the Border is Heart Wrenching

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke about her recent trip to the southern border at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “The Secure and Protect Act: A Legislative Fix to the Crisis at the Southwest Border” with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. 

From Senator Blackburn’s Remarks
“This is just such a heart wrenching situation, especially when you look at the children. There was even a one-year-old in that facility, she was there with her mom...

Senator Blackburn Returns from Trip to Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) traveled to the El Paso Sector migrant processing center in West Texas to meet with Customs and Border Patrol officials about the ongoing crisis at the border.

Senator Blackburn wrote the following about her trip:

MY VISIT TO THE BORDER

On Friday, I visited the El Paso Sector Customs and Border Patrol/Department of Homeland Security migrant processing center in West Texas, where overcrowded facilities can barely contain the...

Senator Blackburn Talks Sanctuary Cities, Big Tech on Fox Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Trish Regan on Fox Business to discuss upcoming legislation on Sanctuary Cities, as well as DOJ investigations into Big Tech.

On Sanctuary Cities
“If you are an entity that is going to prohibit your local law enforcement from working with federal authorities, then we are going to say you don’t need to get some of these grants that could come your direction.” 

On Big Tech
“The central question to this is, ‘Who owns the...