EXCLUSIVE: Home Republicans are accusing President Biden of pursuing a “far-left” agenda on immigration — an agenda they are saying is “gravely irresponsible” and is creating a brand new disaster on the border.
“The far left’s insistence on undermining American sovereignty by erasing our nation’s borders is harmful beneath regular circumstances,” the letter, signed by 19 Home Republicans led by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., says. “Your administration’s adoption of the far left’s immigration agenda is creating a brand new humanitarian disaster on the border by attracting droves of males, ladies, and kids.”
Different lawmakers on the letter embody Rep. Brian Babib, R-Texas, Rep. Madison Cawthron, R-N.C., Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ailing., and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.
The letter comes amid a flood of warnings by Republicans that a variety of strikes by the Biden administration is drawing migrants north and dangers overwhelming the border.
Biden has rolled again the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP) — which stored migrants in Mexico throughout their immigration circumstances — has ended building of the wall on the southern border, and issued steering to ICE that narrows enforcement priorities. In the meantime, he has backed a sweeping immigration invoice that may give citizenship to hundreds of thousands of unlawful immigrants already within the nation.
Republicans say that, with the mixture of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s facilitating a well being disaster on the border. They observe studies that households are gathering in border cities, sleeping in squalid situations as they hope to enter the U.S.
“It’s arduous to think about that sleeping in a ditch can be wholesome for a kid beneath regular circumstances, a lot much less throughout a pandemic. Do you imagine that these households, interested in the border by your insurance policies, are adhering to the CDC’s public well being steering regarding COVID-19 and social distancing?” they ask.
Additionally they level to the truth that Customs and Border Safety (CBP) have been compelled, resulting from a variety of components together with the pandemic, a surge of migrants and a brand new stance by Mexico, to launch households and unaccompanied minors into the inside of the U.S. — a follow nicknamed “catch-and-release” which the prior administration ended.
“Hundreds of those people have already been launched into our nation, a byproduct of you reinstating the ‘catch and launch’ insurance policies of the Obama period,” the lawmakers say. “At a time when our well being care system is going through, as you’ve famous, its biggest problem in 100 years, rising the variety of people at-risk of spreading COVID-19 is gravely irresponsible.”
Additionally they declare that the administration’s proimises to help equal entry to COVID-19 vaccines for unlawful immigrants “will serve to disincentivize different nations from responsibly supporting immunization in their very own international locations and additional drive unlawful immigration.”
“We demand your administration rethink its insurance policies in mild of the fast deleterious public well being ramifications which have ensued,” they write. “Whereas we perceive the political advantages such insurance policies might have with the far left, we pray that the well being and wellness of People, households on the border, and the worldwide group will outweigh partisan politics.”
Republicans have zeroed in on the border disaster, and have been sounding the alarm since earlier than Biden entered the White Home.
Final week ICE issued new steering limiting enforcement priorities to a few classes, whereas the U.S. began permitting in asylum seekers from Mexico as a part of the rollback of the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP.)