Republicans on the southern border moved on Monday to enforce a House vote on a bill that would enforce Trump-era policies that would allow illegal immigrants to be removed more quickly during the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas Rep. Chip Roy filed a resignation to enforce a house vote on Rep. Yvette Herrell in New Mexico.
The bill would prohibit Health and Human Service and Homeland Security from “ reducing the strictness of … or reducing the implementation of COVID-19 border health provisions until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
A ‘discharge request’ requires signatures from 218 MPs to enforce a vote. There are 212 Republicans in the House, which means that a handful of Democrats would have to break the rankings for the measure to pass.
“The situation on our southern border is bad and getting worse,” lamented Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
But the most determination, the greatest strength this government has shown on the border has been their commitment to their talking points. Their refusal to call the crisis a crisis, ”he continued.
Biden recognized for the first time on Saturday that the situation at the border is a crisis.
Border state GOP representatives Yvette Herrell (left) and Chip Roy (right) try to force a vote to uphold Trump-era policies, making it easier to deport migrants during the pandemic
A record number of migrants have arrived in the US via Mexico since President Joe Biden took office in January
While the government uses CDC Title 42 to accelerate the expulsion of migrant families from the US amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not enforced the measure against the massive number of unaccompanied minors
There are more than 21,000 unaccompanied migrant minors in US custody and in March, officials met more than 172,000 migrants at the southern border
Herrell said in a statement of her bill, “ Title 42 Border Health Protection may be the only thing preventing Biden’s border crisis from turning into an outright catastrophe. Congress must act to ensure that Border Patrol maintains its authority to promptly deport migrants who have been or may have been exposed to COVID-19. ‘
Roy added in his own statement, “ When the new administration came in, President Biden ended enforcement of President Trump’s Title 42 for thousands of children and families, and he can still decide to end enforcement altogether, all for his anti-border base. to appease. ‘
“The partial suspension of Title 42 enforcement has already informed cartels and coyotes that the era of capture and release has returned, and has encouraged them to expand their gruesome operations across our border and into our communities,” he continued.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warrant called Title 42 in March 2020 under Trump in response to tackling illegal immigration during the pandemic.
It enables US border and immigration services to release illegal riders found on the southern border more quickly – sometimes within hours of arriving in the US.
Although Title 42 has not been completely repealed under President Joe Biden, the government is not applying it widely, especially to accommodate the massive influx of unaccompanied minor migrants arriving every day.
Here, migrant families in Roma, Texas are waiting to be escorted by a local church group to a place to report to US Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande into the US.
Migrant families pray after crossing the Rio Grande River to Texas
However, they use it in some cases to address migrant families.
Particularly, Title 42 helps to align immigration policy with other coronavirus restrictions. It requires expedited disposal facilities to be maintained until the CDC reduces health risks to level 1 travelers from Canada and Mexico.
In May 2020, the number of migrants in federal custody was 117 after an earlier record of migrant cruisers was reached in March. Now the number is in the tens of thousands and the record has more than doubled.
U.S. agencies have been even more inundated with migrants traveling to the border since Biden took office after vowing as a candidate that all asylum seekers would get it.
Recent figures from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show that the government has more than 21,000 unaccompanied migrant minors in custody – a record number.
In March, officials encountered more than 172,000 migrants at the southern border, a number that is expected to increase even further in the coming months.
Although Title 42 was only introduced for public health reasons, it proved to be one of the most effective ways of expelling illegal immigrants.
Republicans believe the measure should be applied more aggressively under Biden as the US faces a growing crisis on its southern border, with some storage and processing facilities reaching capacities above 2,000%.
Minority leader Mitch McConnell condemned Democrats for still refusing to call the border situation a ‘crisis’ – a few days after Biden first used the word to describe the ongoing emergency
Critics argue that by using this facility, Biden could significantly reduce the number of unaccompanied children held in border facilities.
Former President Donald Trump, speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, said in an on-camera interview aired Monday night that he was most proud of “ helping people ” during his government.
He cited cutting taxes, the cost of prescription drugs, creating the Space Force, and building sections of a wall along the border with Mexico.
Trump praised the construction of a 450-mile border wall during his tenure.
He said his immigration policy was working and claimed that Biden’s undoing of his work had a devastating effect.
“All he had to do was leave it alone,” Trump said, noting that tens of thousands of migrants are currently arriving and claiming to be criminals and drug traffickers.
Former President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during an interview at Mar-a-Lago that Biden just had to ‘leave it alone’ when it came to immigration policy and that he would not face the crisis now.
“They’re not sending us their best people,” Trump said, echoing his infamous 2016 campaign claim.
“They send us people who in many cases – not all cases – are murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, rapists, really bad people,” he said. “They’re sending people out of prisons.”
Trump, who halted financial aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in an effort to pressure them to stop migrant flows, said the Biden administration was misleading in their discussion of restoring aid to the Central American countries.
He praised the leader of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and spoke warmly about their working relationship – despite their differing ideologies.
The former president said all of his work was being reaped at the border.
“It’s a terrible situation,” he said. ‘It could destroy our country. People are pouring in. ‘
Also in the area of immigration, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are facing backlash for still refusing to visit the southern border.
Biden first called the situation a “crisis” on Saturday when he came off the golf course in Wilmington, Delaware.
Last month, Harris was called the border ‘Tsar’ – but recently her responsibilities have shifted to addressing the ‘root causes’ in the northern triangular countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
She will be visiting Guatemala and Mexico soon, but will not stop at the border.