Monday, April 20, 2020

House Republicans Accuse Democrats Of Exploiting Coronavirus Crisis To Push ‘Extreme’ Immigration Agenda

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Republican members of the House Oversight Committee accused their Democratic colleagues of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push their own “extreme” immigration agenda.
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan said congressional Democrats were attempting to use the COVID-19 outbreak “to advocate for their extreme changes in immigration policy,” and commended the White House for enforcing the rule of law while working to stop the spread of the disease.
“This concept ought to be simple — we should not turn our back on the citizens and lawful immigrants of this great country to favor those that broke the law and came here illegally or overstayed their visas,” Jordan, a congressman from Ohio, said in a statement.
The comments came during a conference call with Matthew Albence, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
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Both agencies are under pressure to dramatically scale back their operations amid the virus outbreak.
Democrats, for example, have called on the Department of Homeland Security to place a freeze on all deportations. Democratic lawmakers have also demanded detainees — including criminals — be released from ICE custody, criticized the DHS decision to turn back all illegal migrants, and want construction on the border wall to cease.
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