Democrats are only going to ‘add insult to injury,’ Representative Jim Jordan said
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy held a roundtable Thursday as a means to “expose” at least one of the provisions in Democrats’ multitrillion-dollar reconciliation package: an effort to grant amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants.
Nearly 1.3 million migrants have been detained at the border since President Biden took office, McCarthy noted at the top of his Capitol Hill briefing. He was accompanied by Reps Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, Kat Cammack, R-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla. and Troy Nehls, R-Texas. Lawmakers were also joined via Zoom by National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona, and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, Texas.
Judd, who has been on the front lines of the crisis, insisted on reading McCarthy’s statistics on the border, saying he had “never seen anything like it.” And if Democrats are successful in pushing an apology through reconciliation, he said, human traffickers and other bad actors on the border “will be rewarded.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, shared some more figures, saying that about 208,000 migrants were apprehended in August. He said Congress still hasn’t received the September numbers from the Department of Homeland Security.
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Jordan said Democrats were only going to “insult to hurt” by adding an apology to the reconciliation package.
Rep Camac considered it “a great day to be a cartel member” at the border. Americans, she said, are “ignorant” of exactly what is happening, calling reconciliation social programs and apology efforts “horrendous.” The rise in crime in local communities is a “direct result” of White House policies, Cammack said, suggesting the reconciliation bill would not only affect the US economy.
“The bill is not only going to tax and cost us down the drain,” she said. “It’s going to make us more vulnerable than ever.”
Most lawmakers in the room denounced the White House’s recent moves on the border – or for its lack of action. For example, Biden has been criticized for rescinding former President Trump’s stay in Mexico policy, which kept migrants in Mexico For his hearing, it would only have to be reinstated next month in response to a federal judge’s court order, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.
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Sheriff Danells, called from Arizona, told lawmakers that Vice President Kamala Harris, who is handling some border issues, had not reached out to her to discuss the chaotic situation. Harris was reprimanded for waiting nearly 100 days to get to the southern border since his appointment as the man in charge of solving the “root causes” of the problem. When pressured by reporters as to why she waited so long to book the trip, Harris was often hesitant in her responses.
Camac said that when he contacted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas, he told him he was in charge at the border, suggesting there was widespread miscommunication in the administration over an issue that needed some immediate resolution.
As dire as the situation at the border is, lawmakers predicted it was “going to get worse” as the White House appears unwilling to change its approach.
“The administration is sending out bat signals with an apology for illegals,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales told Granthshala News Digital that he needs to see three things at the border before he can negotiate with Democrats on the crisis: a wall or a barrier, more technology like sensors and drones, and more boots on the ground. He asked whether they could start talking about immigration reform until all those boxes were checked.
Judd went on to note that despite the narrative that it is only immigrants from Central America who are flooding the US, many migrants from countries such as Niger, Georgia, Russia and Romania have been intercepted in recent weeks. .
“If that doesn’t scare the American people… I don’t know what will,” Judd said.
Senate Democrats’ attempts to add an apology to the reconciliation bill have so far been rejected by Senate MP Elizabeth McDonough. In his recent ruling, McDonough said such a change in law is a “tremendous and permanent policy change that minimizes its budgetary impact” and is therefore a misguided effort.