Rep. Cline Speaks in Opposition to Bill Prioritizing Non-Citizens

April 21, 2021

The Access to Counsel Act does nothing to improve the immigration crisis and is another misguided attempt to prioritize non-citizens over the American people. This bill would substantially slow legitimate trade and travel by providing every individual that undergoes a routine secondary screening at a port of entry a right to counsel – a right which is already guaranteed should a screening turn from simple questioning regarding the admissibility of people or goods to an interrogation relating to a criminal offense. Not only would this cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but considering U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducts about 17 million secondary screenings a year, it would severely limit agents’ ability to ensure efficient and thorough inspections of all travelers and create unnecessary delays.