Democrats’ amnesty bills will not help solve immigration crisis
It’s obvious to just about everyone except inside the White House that the situation on our southern border continues to be a crisis. For the last two consecutive months, we’ve seen over 200,000 illegal immigrants encountered monthly at our border. That’s over four times the number of illegal immigrants encountered last year under former President Donald Trump during July and August. Truth be told, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border has been at historic levels for the past five months — and, to compound the problem, the administration is losing track of the minors at unprecedented rates. President Joe Biden’s failed policies, along with the poor leadership of his “Border Czar” Vice President Kamala Harris, are undoubtedly to blame for this ongoing disaster.
Back in March, I introduced a resolution that simply and plainly stated the current influx of migrants at the southern border of the United States constitutes a crisis. Despite the simplicity and factuality of the resolution, it was blocked by Senate Democrats. Not only that, in April, Biden falsely claimed they had “gotten control” of the border crisis he created. Meanwhile, Vice President Harris made the claim that they were “making progress.” The truth? It has only gotten worse.
Even Biden’s own Homeland Security secretary agrees the situation is serious. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, in leaked audio from Fox News, confessed that Biden’s border crisis is “unsustainable” and “we’re going to lose” if “borders are the first line of defense.”
Maybe the saddest part of their deception is the way they have laughed it off. The Washington Times reported Harris’ blatant disregard for the crisis in an interview with NBC’s “Today Show”:
“You haven’t been to the border,’ NBC reporter Lester Holt commented, asking if and when she may visit. “…and I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point you are making,” Harris replied, laughing.
The vice president finally caved to pressure to visit the border town of El Paso at the end of June, but she was hundreds of miles away from the Rio Grande Valley, ignoring the busiest Border Patrol sector.
In August, I joined Sen. Thom Tillis and a number of my colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Mayorkas urging he provide answers after DHS made the decision to release tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, including potentially dangerous criminals, into the country without a proper and complete Notice to Appear for formal removal proceedings in immigration court. Many of those immigrants released have failed to show up to court and have disappeared into the interior of the U.S. That is simply unacceptable.
We saw a much different story unfolding under former President Trump — he prioritized enforcing our immigration laws and building a wall, which I staunchly supported. As a result, illegal crossings in the Yuma Sector decreased by 87% from fiscal year 2019 to Fiscal Year 2020 in areas with a new border wall system. In Rio Grande Valley Zone 1, an area that did not previously have border infrastructure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw a 79% decrease in apprehensions and a 26% decrease in narcotics seizures after completion of the border wall. And for a direct comparison between the two presidencies, so far President Biden has overseen about three times the number of illegal border crossings compared with former President Trump’s last year in office. That is not a coincidence. Biden and congressional Democrats’ past and current promises of amnesty have unquestionably served as a magnate for this steep surge in migrants.
Thankfully, some of us in Congress have put forward policies that would help solve these immigration challenges. Earlier this year, I re-introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act to address immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process to ensure that it is only used by individuals who are genuinely seeking asylum. I also plan to reintroduce two of my bills: the WALL Act, which would pay for the wall along our southern border without costing American taxpayers a dime and the Keep our
Biden and congressional Democrats’ past and current promises of amnesty have unquestionably served as a magnate for this steep surge in migrants.
Communities Safe Act, which closes the “catch-and-release” loophole that puts our law-abiding citizens, local law enforcement officials and communities at risk. I believe we must reinstate the successful policies of the Trump administration that Biden has reversed.
While I hope Democrats abandon their proposals to enact amnesty for untold millions of illegal immigrants, I’m not holding my breath. They’ve proposed multiple amnesty bills in Congress, including as part of their $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending spree. However, their plans to enact sweeping amnesty on a partisan basis hit a snag recently when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that amnesty is not allowed under the strict rules of budget reconciliation. That is great news for America. It’s time Democrats stop these political games and join Republicans in securing our border and giving federal law enforcement the tools they need to prevent future crises like the one we are experiencing today.