Senate Republicans pulled out all the stops against Biden’s border policies Wednesday, with a symbolic show of their own legislation aimed at pressuring the White House to change course on its handling of migrants.
Republicans blame a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including unaccompanied children, on Joe Biden’s decision to reverse former President Donald Trump’s policies to deport illegal immigrants, keep asylum seekers in Mexico and complete construction of a border wall.
This reversal has led to a humanitarian crisis at the southern border leaving Biden and Dems in a disastrous place with no solution but will not even admit there is a crisis.
Over the course of a few hours, Republican lawmakers tried to pass at least five initiatives on the Senate floor including a resolution labeling the border situation a “crisis” – a term that Biden avoids – only to be predictably blocked by Democrats, who control the Senate.
“This is a crisis. It is part of an amnesty agenda that started the day that President Biden took office. He turned on the green light and said, ‘Come to America’,” Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told reporters at a press conference.
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Barrasso and 17 other Republican senators will travel to the border region late on Thursday for a visit that will include a midnight patrol with U.S. border officials.
The Dems have reinstituted detention centers which are now overcrowded, placing unaccompanied children in cages and scrambling to figure out what to do. Overwhelmed, Biden has put his second, or should I say first, in command, Kamala Harris, in charge of how to manage “this challenging situation.”
Republicans say the border issue could help them win back control of the Senate and House of Representatives in the 2022 elections by increasing their hopes of picking up Democratic seats in Arizona and Nevada.
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans also sought unanimous consent for initiatives that would increase protections for children, tighten rules for asylum seekers, subject migrants accused of violent crimes to detention and require DNA tests for undocumented adults claiming to be related to migrant children.
The effort was blocked each time by Democrats, who denounced it as a cynical attempt to gain political advantage by casting migrants as inherently criminal and ignoring the need for more comprehensive immigration reforms.
This battle will be ugly as the Dems will surely label Republicans as immigrant haters. While there is not doubt about the disgusting politics on both sides of this issue, in the end at least Republicans are acknowledging the crisis and putting forth some options rather than minimizing it as a “challenging situation” and essentially setting it up for “review” while spending billions to put fly them to the Canadian border, put them up in hotels or distribute COVID infected illegals into the general population.
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org