|On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Secure the Border Act of 2023 (H.R. 2) in a vote of 219 to 213. The legislation, which contains several border security provisions, passed hours before the expiration of Title 42, a policy instituted under former President Donald Trump that gave the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the authority to expel migrants immediately without a legal process due to concerns of exacerbating the COVID-19 global pandemic. H.R. 2, dubbed the “Children’s Deportation Act” by opponents of the bill, expands the Customs and Border Protection workforce, increases salaries for border agents, funds security technology upgrades, and restarts border wall construction. The legislation disregards the dignity of immigrants, expedites the deportation of children, and detains minors in deplorable conditions. NCC strongly opposes H.R. 2 and calls for a comprehensive solution to our immigration challenges that respects the “Imago Dei” in all people, keeps our borders safe, and honors the diversity that makes our nation a great tapestry.