Some House Republicans are using the Department of Homeland Security spending bill to push for sweeping changes to immigration enforcement, including attacks on sanctuary cities, in response to the continuing migrant crisis at the southern border.
While much of the energy on Capitol Hill is focused on averting a government shutdown later this month, Rep. Troy Neals (R-Texas) is pushing for a spending bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security. Submitted numerous amendments. Next fiscal year.
Most of these amendments focus on immigration and border security.
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It includes a ban on funding to process asylum claims from illegal immigrants who have passed through their previous countries. This is a stronger version of the Biden administration’s efforts to limit asylum claims for people who entered the country illegally and failed to do so. Countries they have already passed through.
Another amendment would prioritize the removal of certain illegal immigrants, and another would ban funding to release illegal immigrants into the interior. One of the proposed amendments would prevent funds from being used to transport migrants in the interior unless they notify state and local officials of their destination within 72 hours and notify them on the DHS website. It is capitalizing on concerns about late-night migrant flights.
Niels wants to include language that would prevent federal funding. “Sanctuary” city — Jurisdictions that prevent cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Conservatives argue that sanctuary policies in places like New York City encourage immigrants to cross the border.
The lawmaker wants to restore the number of ICE detention beds, which declined under the Biden administration, to the number they had during the Trump administration. Another amendment would require DHS to maintain at least 14,000 enforcement officers or lose funding.
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In a statement to Fox News Digital, Neals said Republicans won the majority “for a reason” and said Republicans have an obligation to hold the administration accountable.
“This starts with stopping the influx of illegal aliens who are putting a strain on our communities, fighting human trafficking, and fighting the influx of fentanyl and illegal drugs that are contaminating our communities,” he said. Ta.
He also mentioned a separate amendment by lawmakers that would cap Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ salary at $1.
“Taxpayer money should be used to keep our country safe, not to further expand the effects of open borders. “I’m going to speak for them when I say they’re tired of promises,” he said. “There’s no security, no funding.”
Nehls’ amendment received particular support from hawkish groups. RJ Howman, director of the National Immigration Enforcement Center (NICE), who is also a visiting adviser to the Heritage Foundation, said Mr Nehls was strengthening the spending bill.
“His amendment addresses asylum abuses, increases the number of detention beds and ICE officers, ensures full operation of detention centers, and directs taxpayer dollars to sanctuary cities,” he told Fox News Digital. It’s something to prevent,” he said. “All Republicans, from leaders to ordinary people, should unite behind what our colleagues in border states are trying to do.”
Other proposed amendments include an amendment by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) that would prohibit funds from being used for programs that release migrants into the interior using humanitarian parole; is also included.
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This marks the latest effort by House Republicans to challenge the Biden administration’s policies on immigration. Some Republicans have pushed for Mayorkas’ impeachment or proposed cutting off funding to government agencies.
Meanwhile, Republicans are pushing for their own bill, the Border Security Act, which would limit the use of parole for immigrant releases, limit the use of the CBP One app, increase the number of Border Patrol agents and restart construction of the border wall. was approved.
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The Biden administration has pushed back against Republican criticism and is calling on Congress to approve additional funding and pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The agency also called for more funding, given the “broken” system it says is working, and said policies to expand parole pathways for immigrants and revamp what it says are the consequences of illegal immigration are not working. He said he is doing so.
“Congress should work with us to keep our country safe, build on the progress of DHS, and deliver much-needed reforms to our broken immigration system that only legislation can fix,” the spokesperson said. he told Fox this week.