House Republicans seek to force a vote to a bill that would reduce illegal immigration and reinstate the border security rules established by Trump’s administration.
Reps. Andy Biggs from Arizona and Matt Rosendale from Montana presented a Wednesday resolution that sought to get support for Mr. Rosendale’s bill. It would establish border controls.
The bill, called the Remain in Mexico Act would require that the Department of Homeland Security implement migrant protection protocols. These controls would enable the U.S. government, in order to allow some migrants to be returned to Mexico while they await their immigration proceedings. In a statement, Mr. Rosendale stated that
“MPP “was one of the most efficient tools in our arsenal for curbing illegal immigration under Trump administration.” “The Biden administration tried to undermine this policy from the moment he assumed office. The result has been an unprecedented immigration crisis .”
. To force a vote on resolution, members must sign the petition. The resolution would be passed if it is approved.
The Republicans will likely win support from their party members, but they are likely to face Democratic opposition.
However, some Democrats, including Reps. Henry Cuellar from Texas and Frederica Wilkinson of Florida, have sided with their party over the need to improve security at the border and immigration.
In a court filing, the Biden administration asked a federal appels court to revoke the Trump-era policy that required some asylum seekers to travel to Mexico while their cases were being processed.
If successful, the administration will lift an injunction issued by U.S. District judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, Texas. He ruled that the policy must remain in effect until border patrol has sufficient capacity to detain both illegal immigrants and those already in the country illegally.
Mr. Biggs stated that his resolution would partly act as a congressional control on the administration to make sure it maintains the protocols.
While we are happy that Judge Kacsmaryk ordered DHS enforce and implement MPP,” Mr. Biggs stated in a statement. “We must act now to secure our borders and deal with the Biden border crisis
The Justice Department claimed that the injunction violates the “discretion” granted to the executive branch regarding border security and foreign policies.
In the hope of a compromise, however, the White House has also been considering a modified version of the policy that would allow a smaller number to remain in Mexico while their cases are being processed.
The new proposal, some call “Remain in Mexico light”, would offer better housing conditions, access to attorneys, and comply with the court’s ruling.
“Our view is that this program wasn’t implemented in a moral manner,” stated Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary. It was inefficient. It consumed [CBP] resources. It caused a backlog in our system. And it is fundamentally a program we have opposed, but we are also abiding by a court order.”