October 24, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) unveiled his comprehensive package of Senate solutions to secure the border. Ricketts will be visiting the border with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) later this week for an update on the situation at the southern border.

“President Biden’s negligence and failed policies have created an unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis at our border,” said Senator Ricketts. “I promised Nebraskans I would fight to secure our border in the Senate. These solutions attack Biden’s border security failures head on – from reforming our broken asylum process to building the wall to stopping sanctuary cities policies in liberal states and cities and going after cartels. If Biden won’t act, Congress must.”

Ricketts introduced the Ensure Uniform Border Inspection Practices Act to require annual comprehensive reviews of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policies to improve enforcement practices. He also re-affirmed his support for 10 additional pieces of legislation that address the illegal immigration crisis at the border and need to enforce existing laws. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).

The Ensure Uniform Border Inspection Practices Act Ricketts introduced today would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to perform annual comprehensive reviews of how people and the deadly drug fentanyl are being transported across ports of entry. These reviews would identify areas where implementation of inspection practices is weak and ensure improvement in those areas.

Bill text for the Ensure Uniform Border Inspection Practices Act can be found here


This week’s border visit will be Ricketts’ second as U.S. Senator. Ricketts previously visited with Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) in March

Ricketts has made combatting illegal immigration a top priority both as Governor and in the U.S. Senate. When he was Governor, Ricketts and 25 other Republican governors called on President Biden to meet with them to address the border crisis. The governors released a joint policy framework containing 10 solutions Biden could enact immediately to combat the border crisis he created. As Governor, Ricketts also sent Nebraska State Troopers to reinforce the southern border. The border crisis and need to address it were prominent topics in Ricketts’ Maiden Speech in the U.S. Senate. Earlier this year, Ricketts also spoke on the Senate floor outlining additional solutions to combat the drug trafficking crisis.