In an op-ed published on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas warned that the continuously worsening situation at the U.S. Southern border created by President Joe Biden’s immigration policy has become an emergency issue of national security. He also slammed Democrats for trying to sneak an unrelated provision of amnesty into an infrastructure spending bill.
“On his first day in office, President Biden rescinded the proclamation declaring a national emergency at the southern border. Then he cut off funding for the border wall and gutted virtually all Trump-era policies to reduce illegal immigration, including the successful Remain in Mexico policy,” Cotton wrote in his op-ed published on Fox News’s website.
He described the repercussions from president’s “see no evil” means of approaching the border issue as predictable.
Cotton went on to say that “record numbers of illegal aliens” from the Central American region and other places have continued to cross the border. The senator noted that these people are ”taking full advantage of the Democrats’ open-border policies.”
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— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) July 27, 2021
The senator also noted the number of illegal migrants the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration officials encountered back in June, which went up to around 188,000.
He also noted that, just in 2021, 1 million people have managed to cross illegally to the U.S. so far. However, that figure only counts migrants that border patrol have encountered.
According to Cotton, Democrats and the Biden administration have the ability to swiftly fix the situation if they wanted to do so.
Apart from this, Cotton also noted the Democrats’ efforts to use a spending package to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in the country.
“Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., said he expects this amnesty to go into effect within ‘just a couple of months, if all the necessary steps are taken,'” Cotton went on to say.
“That means, before the year is out, Democrats could place millions of people who are here in violation of our laws on a path to citizenship,” he also wrote in hid op-ed.
He also said that “Such a sweeping amnesty would make a mockery of our laws and encourage millions more foreigners to cross into our country illegally in the expectation that they will be legalized by a future Democratic Congress,” also mentioning that the said legislative scheme became a blatant violation of Senate rules that are in place.
“But it’s at least amusing to note how the Democrats are trying to justify this policy in a budget package; they are admitting that such an amnesty would have a dramatic and large effect on our welfare system and domestic spending,” Cotton said.
The senator then added that the amnesty will affect every american in a negative way. He said it would “wreak havoc” in the country’s social safety net as the “poor flood into America for generous, taxpayer-funded benefits.”
He concludes his op-ed by saying: “We need to scuttle the Democrats’ stealth amnesty and send a message loud and clear to Joe Biden: the wide-open southern border is an emergency that harms us all, whether he wants to admit it or not.’
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