It will apparently take more than the prospect of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants in a mad rush across the southern border for congressional Democrats to act.
Given a golden opportunity to solidify the nation’s southern flank just hours before Title 42 protections were set to expire, all 213 House Democrats voted “no” on doing exactly that.
They were inexplicably joined by two House Republicans, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and John Duarte (R-CA).
“Thank God the Republicans are in charge today.”
— House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, ahead of the expected passage of a GOP border bill that would resume construction of the southern border wall and reinstate the “Remain In Mexico” policy. pic.twitter.com/NrtLGA180q
— The Recount (@therecount) May 11, 2023
The bill was yet another legislative victory for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who now has a string of successes in the lower chamber to his credit.
What would the legislation so roundly rejected by the left do? For starters, it would force President Joe Biden to restart former President Donald Trump’s border wall. Technology would be enhanced at both the southern and northern borders.
More Border Patrol agents would be hired, with bonuses provided. The Department of Homeland Security would be required to operate with more transparency so Americans better know the total of illegal migrants flooding the nation.
The legislation would enact stronger laws to protect unaccompanied children from trafficking while ending the practice of “catch and release.” It would further end White House abuse of executive immigration authority and make dramatic improvements to the asylum process.
It would even increase punishments for those who overstay their visas. In other words, the Secure the Border Act is exactly what the nation needs to increase security and thwart Biden’s open border fiasco.
McCarthy termed the measure as the “strongest border security bill to come through Congress in more than 100 years.”
Unfortunately for its prospects, it would need Democratic defections in the Senate to reach the White House. Even if it were to make it that far, Biden already indicated he will veto the measure that could drastically cut the influx of prospective Democratic voters.
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) decried the bill as “an extreme MAGA Republican piece of legislation” that included “a medieval border wall.” It is very telling when a leftist politician describes anything as “extreme MAGA.”
It’s a good sign that a measure was well thought through and common sense was used in its creation.