Thursday, May 11, 2023

GOP’s Border Security Bill Would Roll Back Years of Biden Administration Immigration Policy; Biden Dismisses GOP Border Security Bill as Too Tough On Illegal Immigrants, Says He’ll Veto

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GOP’s border security bill would roll back years of Biden administration immigration policy:
To many Americans, one of the more galling parts of the border mess was watching as newly arrived illegal immigrants boarded airplanes to disperse into the country without showing valid photo identification like the rest of the passengers.
Under Biden administration policies, they were allowed to show their catch-and-release papers from the Department of Homeland Security bearing the name they gave Border Patrol agents when they were caught.
House Republicans say it’s time to put that to an end.
Their new border security bill, slated for a vote this week, includes language prohibiting Homeland Security from accepting catch-and-release documents such as arrest warrants or immigration court summonses.
That change, tucked inside the 213-page bill, is one of a host of ways Republicans are directly challenging the way President Biden has managed the chaos at the southern border.
“While U.S. citizens are required to have government-issued identification to board a commercial flight, the Biden administration allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to board flights with no form of confirmed identification,” Rep. Mark Green, Tennessee Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told The Washington Times in a statement. He is one of the bill’s authors.
“This reckless policy presents severe security gaps that threaten the safety of U.S. air travelers. The flying public deserves a safe and secure aviation system, and the American people need laws that are actually enforced, which is exactly what the Secure the Border Act will do.”
Republicans are shooting for a vote Thursday on the legislation, timed to coincide with the end of the Title 42 pandemic border expulsion authority. Analysts say the end of Title 42 will move the border from chaos to catastrophe as the Biden administration cedes the one major tool that has kept a lid on the situation. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden dismisses GOP border security bill as too tough on illegal immigrants, says he’ll veto:
The White House said Monday that President Biden will veto Republicans’ border security bill if it reaches his desk, saying it’s too harsh on illegal immigrants.
Administration officials complained that the new GOP bill would make it tougher to catch and release new arrivals, and would cut off “nearly all access” for illegal immigrants to claim protection here in the U.S.
And while complaining that Congress has been slow to act, the White House statement of policy said this attempt to act goes the wrong direction.
“If the president were presented with H.R. 2, he would veto it,” the White House Budget Office said.
H.R. 2 is the official legislative designation of the House Republicans’ bill, which is expected to see a vote in the full chamber by the end of this week.
The bill would restart border wall construction, add more Border Patrol agents, reel in the administration’s expansive and legally iffy use of “parole” to welcome unauthorized migrants, tighten the rules on claiming asylum and end the practice of catch-and-release.
It would also mandate businesses use E-Verify, a system that checks to make sure new hires are authorized to work in the U.S.
The White House, in its statement Monday, didn’t touch on the major enforcement measures and instead focused on what it called a too-restrictive approach to those seeking asylum. --->READ MORE HERE
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