GOP Rep Demands Congress Detain or Turn Away Illegal Migrants

During an appearance on Newsmax TV’s “Prime News” on Thursday night, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) called on Congress to take action to mandate that illegal immigrants are turned away at the border if they are incapable of detaining them for the duration of the adjudication of their asylum claims.

In the interview with host Jenn Pellegrino, Roy discussed his disagreement with the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The protocol, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico policy,” was a policy put in place by former President Donald Trump which required illegal immigrants to wait in Mexico while they await a hearing. The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration had the authority to rescind the Trump-era policy.

The 5-4 ruling was decided by the three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — who were joined by two conservative justices, Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts.

Responding to the ruling, Roy said that “Congress needs to act” and pass legislation to mandate that the Department of Homeland Security “turn people away at the border if they’re not detaining them for the entirety of their adjudication of any claim.”

The Texas congressman has introduced such legislation, a bill known as H.R. 7772, as he had already assumed there was a risk that the high court would allow the Biden administration to end the Remain in Mexico policy.

“So, now Congress needs to act,” Roy said. “Congress needs to actually take the action to secure the border by requiring, making it absolutely mandatory that the DHS secretary turn people away at the border if they’re not detaining them for the entirety of their adjudication of any claim. I’ve got legislation to do that, H.R. 7772, which I introduced this spring. Because I figured the court might get this wrong.”