“Dreamers” brought to the country illegally as minors along with millions of other illegal immigrants must be cheering for the Democrats, as the House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a path to citizenship.
The bill labeled the American Dream and Promise Act passed 228-197 with nine Republicans joining all Democrats voting in favor. Young migrants and refugees would see temporary protected status under the bill.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed 247-174 with 30 Republicans joining most Democrats in favor and one Democrat voting in opposition.
Many Republicans argued that the bills were poorly timed due to the surge of illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border.
The legislation “ignores the problem, but will actually worsen the situation,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who accused Biden of sparking a surge in migration with his 2020 campaign rhetoric and recent border policies.
“During a press conference this morning, Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi had a sign up that said ‘Home is here.’ This is the wrong message at the wrong time,” he said.
Republicans also said that the bills weren’t the result of bipartisan negotiation and therefore are likely doomed in the Senate, where 60 votes typically are needed for bills to pass.
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Biden’s Border Crisis: February Border Apprehensions up 170 Percent from Last Year
Almost 100,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended last month, making it the highest February total since 2006.
It marks a 26 percent jump from January’s apprehensions and 170 percent jump from one year ago.
Border Patrol agents apprehended 98,974 migrants in February who illegally crossed the border in February, according to the Southwest Land Border Encounters Report released on Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. This represents a massive increase from the 78,323 apprehended in January and an even larger jump from February 2020 when agents apprehended only 36,687. The February 2021 apprehensions are the largest February report since 2006 when agents apprehended 125,046.
The publication points out the apprehensions occurred during President Joe Biden’s first full month in office—after he ended many of President Trump’s successful border policies.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official Troy Miller said in remarks yesterday, “The border is not open.”
“The United States is continuing to strictly enforce our existing immigration laws and border security measures,” he continued. “Those who attempt to cross the border without going through ports of entry should understand that they are putting themselves and their families in danger, especially during the pandemic.”
Last week, President Trump slammed Biden for his administration’s handling of the border crisis.
In a statement, the former president wrote, “When I was President, our Southern border was in great shape – stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before. We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud, and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers, and human traffickers. The wall, despite horrendous Democrat delays, would have easily been finished by now, and is working magnificently. Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!”
1,600 Illegal Immigrants, Including Known Criminals Arrested in Only 3 Days at Border
‘Come one, come all’ was the Democrats’ promise to illegal immigrants during their desperate pursuit to get Biden elected in November. Now, Americans and agencies at the border in particular, are experiencing the repercussions. In only 3 days, more than 1,600 illegal immigrants were arrested in a single Texas border sector.
According to Austin Skero, the head of Border Patrol for Texas’s Del Rio Sector wrote on Twitter, “Over 1,600 arrests in three days for Del Rio Sector agents! These arrests include more than 25 smuggling cases, two criminal aliens, and were comprised of mostly single adults.”
Skero later gave additional information on the situation in a news release Tuesday: “our agents arrested two more sex offenders over the weekend one of whom was convicted of third-degree rape in Kentucky.” Skero added, “that is why it is critically important that Border Patrol Agents are out there, on the border, identifying everyone who crosses our borders illegally.”
The criminal, 49-year-old Roman Gonzalez-Flores of Mexico, was arrested after he illegally entered the United States from Mexico. The Epoch Times reports “officials later determined that he was convicted of the crime in 2004, was sentenced to two years in prison, and was most recently deported in 2021, according to the agency.”
Frighteningly, the agency said 56 illegal immigrants with prior sexual assault convictions have been “encountered” by agents since only October 1 of 2020. Catching criminals is just one of many hurdles border agencies are facing. On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that 13 people died when their SUV collided with a semi-truck. The Ford SUV had roughly 25 women and children of all ages crammed together illegally being smuggled across the border after driving through a hole cut in the border fence.
El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino stated in a news conference “human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life.” Bovino warned, “those who may be contemplating crossing the border illegally should pause to think of the dangers that all too often end in tragedy; tragedies our Border Patrol Agents and first responders are unfortunately very familiar with.”