WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to pass the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, which would have secured the border, provided tools to prevent illegal immigration, and kept families together at the border:

 “We had a historic opening to pass the most significant border security and immigration reform legislation in years.  We could have brought our immigration system into the 21st Century by enhancing border security, preventing illegal immigration, and combatting fraud in our immigration system. We also would have provided certainty under the law by fixing the DACA mess and ensuring families would stay together at the border. This was a missed opportunity to fix an immigration system that both Republicans and Democrats agree is a broken.”