Head of Homeland Security: Immigration system broken, ‘justice’ for illegals more important than secure borders

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WASHINGTON, DC – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken and told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that securing “justice” for illegal immigrants is more important than securing the border.

After getting the Secretary to admit that children had been separated from parents at the border both under the Biden and Obama administrations, Sen. Cotton asked how many illegal immigrants crossed into the United States in 2020, during the Trump administration.

Mayorkas appeared caught off guard by the question, and as he shuffled through his notes, Sen. Cotton said:

“I have the numbers from CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in front of me. It’s 458,000.”

Sen. Cotton then asked how many crossed into the country in 2021 “with six weeks to go,” during the Biden administration. Mayorkas answered:

“I believe that the number taking out of the 1.7 million, taking out the recidivist… approximately 1.3 to 1.4 million (border crossers).”

 

After a brief exchange about whether to count recidivists in the total number of border crossers, Sen. Cotton asked Mayorkas if he was satisfied with having two and a half times more illegal immigrants crossing the border than the prior administration in 2020.

Mayorkas responded that he was not satisfied with the number, but continued:

“Worse is to promulgate and operationalize a policy that defies our values as a nation.”

Sen. Cotton shot back:

“What about a policy that defies our sovereignty as a nation?

Mayorkas tried to respond by saying that U.S. sovereignty was “unflinching,” but the Arkansas Republican was not letting the issue fade:

“Oh really, because at any time anyone from anywhere in the world can simply show up and cross into this country.”

The Secretary responded that he did not think the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants expelled under the Trump-era Title 42  would agree, to which Sen. Cotton responded that the 1.7 million that crossed into the country would agree.

Following the testy exchange, Sen. Cotton prepared to conclude is question and answer session with one final question, perhaps the most shocking of the session. He asked Mayorkas what the priority of immigration policy is under President Biden, securing the border or providing amnesty to illegal aliens already inside the country?

Mayorkas responded:

“Senator, justice is our priority. That includes securing our border and providing relief for those who qualify for it under our laws.”

When Sen. Cotton pointed out that Mayorkas was refusing to prioritize one issue over the other, Mayorkas said he disagreed with the Senator’s  characterization of his stance:

“(Sen. Cotton’s comment) is an inaccurate phrasing of our missions, our responsibilities, our challenges, and our actions. We do not have the authority nor the intention to give amnesty.”

Mayorkas then seemed to admit that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken:

“I consider them both priorities (securing the border and amnesty) because they are inexplicably intertwined. If, in fact, we can pass legislation that fixes once and for all our immigration system, we will have addressed a material part of the challenges at the border, and it will advance our efforts to secure it.”

In his final words of the session, Sen. Cotton made his point:

“They (the issues) are intertwined chiefly because the open borders that Joe Biden has permitted has attracted even more illegal immigrants here that makes our borders even more open than it ever has been.”

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Democrats’ budget ‘Plan C’ would give amnesty to more than 7 million illegal immigrants

October 16, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Democrats’ third attempt to include immigration reform in the budget reconciliation bill does not include a path to citizenship but would include temporary legal status and work authorization for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Being called “Plan C,” Democrats are reportedly putting forward a parole provision into a $3.5 trillion dollar budget reconciliation package that would effectively give amnesty to more than seven million illegal aliens, according to a new analysis.

Democrats have been trying to backdoor amnesty into budget legislation to avoid a filibuster that would most certainly prevent passage of any such proposal on the floor. The Left have had no luck with their questionable actions, however.

The “Byrd Rule” prohibits provisions in reconciliation legislation that are viewed as extraneous to the budget.

Senate Democrats’ first attempt, which included a path to citizenship for 8 million undocumented immigrants, and a second attempt, which would have covered around 6.7 million people, have both been rejected by Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough.

In September, Democrats attempted to include a path to citizenship for illegal aliens claiming they could do so under budgetary reconciliation because the move would increase the deficit by about $139 billion.

Budget reconciliation is reserved for budgetary legislation, and MacDonough agreed with Republicans who argued amnesty was policy and not budgetary.

Democrats are trying to pass an amnesty package through reconciliation to allow passage with a simple majority vote in the Senate, which is divided 50-50 by party.

Parole has been used to bring smaller groups of people into the country, including tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees who were airlifted to the U.S. But Democrats are planning to issue mass parole that would cover a majority of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, calculated that if parole were granted to anyone who made it into the U.S. before January 1, 2011, it would cover 7.1 million immigrants, according to the Washington Times.

Parole would not satisfy Progressives and immigration activists who are demanding a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, but it would provide a legal status allowing many to obtain work permits and taxpayer benefits.

Several Democrats have urged Congress to sidestep the Senate Parliamentarian’s rulings on immigration.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he was disappointed in the rulings and vowed to keep trying:

“Despite putting their lives on the line during the pandemic and paying their fair share of taxes, they remain locked out of the federal assistance that served as a lifeline for so many families.

“We will continue fighting to pursue the best path forward to grant them the ability to obtain lawful status.”

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the Parliamentarian’s ruling were correct, and that allowing reconciliation to provide legal status to illegal aliens in any form would be “a disaster”:

“I believe that using the reconciliation process to provide legal status to illegal immigrants would be a disaster.

“It would have led to an increased run on the border – beyond the chaos we already have there today.”

If MacDonough shoots down “Plan C,” Democrats still have several maneuvers they may try. In a CNN interview, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) said:

“There are two versions that have been shut down.  But we have five versions.  We predicted that the parliamentarian may shoot down a couple of the versions that we presented.  But there are three other versions.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reportedly considering which of the options to pursue next.
 

 

 

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