Wednesday, May 17, 2023

House Passes Border Security Bill as Record Wave of Migrants Streams In; Border Bill Limiting Asylum Protections; House GOP Votes to Boost Border Security by Finishing Wall, Hiring Thousands of Agents

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House passes border security bill as record wave of migrants streams in:
A record wave of illegal immigrants rushed America’s southern border Thursday as President Biden and his team resigned themselves to the chaos, acknowledging that they were powerless to stop the arrivals with the expiration of the Title 42 pandemic expulsion authority.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it will take time to regain control. For now, video and images from the border captured the scale of the bedlam, showing columns of people lined up to wade the Rio Grande or walk across the border as early as Friday, when Title 42 will officially be gone.
Refusing to accept that situation, Republicans hurried legislation through the House that would stiffen enforcement and could deny millions of migrants the chance to claim a place in the U.S.
Mr. Biden faced some last-minute legal challenges. One could derail plans to “parole” many illegal arrivals and give them a quick release in the hope that they can be corralled back for eventual deportation hearings.
As a record number of people spread out from the border, communities across the country declared emergencies and cried for help.
New York Mayor Eric Adams weakened right-to-shelter laws to prevent the newcomers from overwhelming city services.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her city had “reached a breaking point.” Denver reported a tenfold increase in migrants arriving this week.
Things are about to get worse. --->READ MORE HERE
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House Republicans pass border bill limiting asylum protections:
House Republicans on Thursday passed their long-promised border crackdown, voting to finish former President Trump’s border wall and severely restrict access to asylum the same day President Biden is set to lift the use of Title 42.
H.R. 2 — originally designed to be one of the first major pieces of legislation passed under the new Republican majority — was approved with a 219-213 vote, a day after wrangling over relatively minor sections of the bill briefly delayed its advancement.
Beyond building the wall, the legislation greatly increases the hiring of border agents and seeks to bar them from doing any “processing” of migrants, language Democrats said would prevent officers from doing basic tasks.
But its most significant provisions slice away at asylum rights for those fleeing persecution and other pathways to come to the U.S., measures immigration advocates described as among the most extreme provisions to be seriously considered by the House in recent years.
“This is the largest human trafficking crisis I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and it’s time for Congress to act and restore control to this uncontrolled border,” said House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), a sponsor of the bill. --->READ MORE HERE
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