Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The House Passed A Border Solution A Year Ago, But Senate Democrats Don’t Want It; Schumer Revives Doomed Border Plan to Protect Five Vulnerable Senators

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The House Passed A Border Solution A Year Ago, But Senate Democrats Don’t Want It:
When Republicans passed H.R. 2 — a border security policy that would actually work — radical open-borders Democrats in the Senate blocked it
ne year ago, in response to an unprecedented border crisis unleashed by the Biden administration’s destructive policies, House Republicans united to pass landmark border security legislation. H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, is the strongest border security legislation to pass a body of Congress and undoubtedly would have drastically reduced illegal crossings and the resulting chaos over the last 365 days.
Unfortunately, open-borders Democrats in the Senate have refused to bring this bill up for a vote — or even hold a single hearing on it — while the border continues to spiral out of control. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is again trying to pass a Senate border bill that will only exacerbate the illegal immigration crisis.
Since Biden took office in January 2021, 7.8 million illegal aliens have been encountered at the southern border — more than the populations of 36 states. Alarmingly, more than 4.6 million of these illegal aliens have been released into the interior, largely through the purposeful abuse of legally narrow humanitarian asylum and parole provisions in our law designed to be “case-by-case” and limited.
Indeed, Americans such as Laken Riley would almost certainly still be alive today if their assailants (in Riley’s case, the accused is an illegal alien from Venezuela who crossed the border without authorization) had not been paroled and released into the interior, something H.R. 2 would have prevented.
The magnitude of the damage cannot be overstated. In May 2023, when the House passed H.R. 2, Border Patrol was encountering 10,000 illegal aliens a day; by December, daily totals were more than 12,000. Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, once said that 1,000 illegal alien encounters at the border constituted a crisis. During a surge in 2019, Johnson added, “I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 [encounters] a day looks like.” Shamefully, that is now the new normal under the open-borders Biden administration.
During this time, the southern border has grown as a hotspot for infiltration by criminals and terrorists. In the nearly four years Biden has been in office, Border Patrol has arrested 48,395 individuals with criminal convictions — a 120 percent surge compared to the 21,936 criminals arrested under the Trump administration.
In fiscal year 2023 alone, Border Patrol encountered 169 known or suspected terrorists attempting to cross the southern border, an all-time record that should alarm every American. What’s more, these numbers only represent those who were caught — while an estimated 1.8 million illegal alien “gotaways” have successfully evaded border officials under Biden.
This mayhem would be halted by the enactment of H.R. 2. The legislation is designed to support a willing president and also to force a lawless administration to detain, turn away, or remove illegal aliens — rather than the Biden policy of encouraging them to come and then releasing them into the interior en masse. --->READ MORE HERE
Schumer Revives doomed border plan to protect five vulnerable senators:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Sunday evening that he would bring the failed Senate border bill back up for a vote this week, but Republicans claim the vote is a stunt to defend vulnerable Democrats up for election in November.
Schumer proclaimed in his “Dear Colleague” letter that the upper chamber of Congress would be dealing with “the pressing issue of our nation’s border security” this week and accused former President Donald Trump and his allies of initially sinking the bill. He is trying to put the ball in the GOP-led House of Representatives’ court by claiming the “Democrats’ commitment to act never waned.”
House Republican leaders, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), issued a joint statement on Monday morning accusing the Democratic Senate leader of using the vote as “cover” for some of his vulnerable members.
“For more than three years now, Congressional Democrats have stood by while the Biden Administration has opened our borders to criminal drug cartels, terrorists, and untold millions of illegal immigrants. Now, Leader Schumer is trying to give his vulnerable members cover by bringing a vote on a bill which has already failed once in the Senate because it would actually codify many of the disastrous Biden open border policies that created this crisis in the first place,” the House GOP leaders said.
“Should it reach the House, the bill would be dead on arrival,” the statement continued.
House GOP leadership also pointed to pieces of legislation it has passed but that the Senate has left idle, including the Laken Riley Act and HR 2.
“If Senate Democrats were actually serious about solving the problem and ending the border catastrophe, they would bring up HR 2 and pass it this week,” the statement continued.
Republicans have made border security a central part of their campaigns since Trump started running on the idea of building a wall across the entire length of the border with Mexico. --->READ MORE HERE
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