FIRST ON FOX: Texas Republican lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive border security system to address the needs of the Lonestar state, which has been on the front lines of the border crisis.
The Lone Star State’s Republican House delegation released their border plan, titled “Texans for Texas,” and it’s the latest plan announced by the GOP to secure the border before it heads to the House in January.
Earlier this year, Republicans unveiled their “True to America” plan, which promises to take action on border security and asylum reform to close loopholes, protect national security and stem the flow of migration that has already seen more than 2.3 million immigrants. was done. It will hit that number in fiscal year 2022 and is on track to surpass that number in fiscal year 2023.
“As Texans and as members of Congress representing the southern border, we share the same resolve and offer these solutions to fulfill the goals of our commitment to America,” the lawmakers said.
REPUBLICANS AND OTHERS HAVE ZERO LOOK AT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S HANDLING OF THE BORDER CRISIS.
Obligations are categorized and based on legislation previously enacted by Texas lawmakers.
The first is a commitment to finish infrastructure along the border, including the Trump-era border wall that has stalled under the Biden administration. They also want to help hire Border Patrol agents and build 700 miles of roads along the border, while defraying Texas’ border security costs.
In terms of policy, lawmakers want to require the U.S. government to detain all illegal immigrants and turn them back if they can’t be placed in systems like the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which keeps them in Mexico for hearings.
They also want to see the defunding of all non-governmental organizations that promote “violations of our border security and related laws.” The framework also includes closing asylum “loopholes” in the treatment of minors and stopping the abuse of the asylum system by those not fleeing persecution.
The structure also places restrictions on DHS’s use of prosecutorial discretion to release illegal immigrants to the interior and on the use of parole, which must be used on a case-by-case basis to release migrants en masse. interior. It calls for tougher penalties on criminal illegal immigrants and visa overstayers.
Finally, the framework calls for targeting cartels by designating them as terrorists and increasing penalties for human trafficking and drug smuggling, including fentanyl.
“Texas is under siege from this invasion every day, and our delegation is tired of seeing the Biden administration have ‘more important things to do’ than protect Texans and Americans from cartels, terrorists, fentanyl traffickers, human traffickers, human smugglers and murderers,” the representative said. Chip Roy.
“We are committed to protecting our southern border; we will not accept anything less, and this framework shows what it takes to get the job done,” he said.
“No one understands or appreciates the widespread social and economic costs of an unprecedented open border crisis like the people of Biden’s Texas. It makes sense for the Texas delegation to take the lead in using every tool and authority to secure the border, protect our sovereignty, and protect our citizens and all Americans.” protect against this epic disaster,” Rep. Jody Arrington said in a statement.
“As migrants and fentanyl continue to pour into our southern border, the Biden administration sits idly by and refuses to even acknowledge this devastating crisis,” said Bill, who has introduced numerous border-related bills in recent months. Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
“Texas continues to bear the brunt of this chaos, and Biden’s inaction speaks volumes. On January 3, House Republicans will do everything we can to secure our border and end this national security crisis.” “Crenshaw continued.
The framework is the latest sign that Republicans are preparing to focus heavily on border security in the upcoming Congress. Last month, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation to the southern border where he called on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign or face an impeachment inquiry.
Ranking members of House committees have also indicated they intend to fully investigate the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.
Meanwhile, the border is facing the challenge of the expiration of the 42nd, which has been used since March 2020 to deport most migrants at the southern border. The order expires on Dec. 21, and both Republicans and Democrats have expressed concern over the historic numbers seen at the border.
The Biden administration has tried to quell fears by developing a six-point plan to combat the rising numbers.