Trump Officials Are Pushing For This Border Security Bill

By Rachel Morris | Saturday, 14 May 2022 12:00
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A wide array of immigration groups and former Trump-era officials are forcing Congressional Republican leaders to unite their members behind a robust “flagship” border security bill for the next Congress – saying the sweeping legislation would ease the border crisis and act as the first step for additional immigration changes.

In a letter, obtained first by Fox News Digital, 16 groups and a dozen former senior Trump officials force the leaders to unite behind “flagship introductory legislation” in the upcoming Congress next year when they believe Republicans will have taken control of the House and Senate.

“When the 118th Congress opens with new majorities in both chambers, it will be in large part because Americans have rejected the Biden administration’s purposeful dismantling of our nation’s borders and our immigration enforcement infrastructure,” they write.

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“Congress should be emboldened with the mandate to immediately legislate unflinchingly, ensuring that neither this nor any future Administration is again able to weaponize loopholes in the immigration system—and defiantly refuse to follow plain law—to purposefully drive mass illegal immigration to the United States,” they say.

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The signers caution that “the opportunity to legislate has been missed in several previous Congresses, but the stakes are too high for it to be missed again.” They say that just increasing resources or restarting border wall construction will not be enough to solve the crisis, and instead, it must target long-standing loopholes in the immigration and asylum system.

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“While those are important measures required to secure the borders, without closing the loopholes and other changes, the Biden Administration’s policies will continue to act as a powerful magnet, attracting millions of illegal aliens into our country,” they say. “To retake control of our border and properly address what is sure to be an electoral mandate, we urge you to unite behind flagship introductory legislation for the upcoming Congress.”

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The letter asks leaders to “exclude amnesty of any type,” create an immediate expulsion authority, declare that migrants are ineligible for asylum if they came through a safe third country, limit prosecutorial discretion, and change the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) which many officials have blamed for encouraging the surge in unaccompanied children in recent years.

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The list of legislative proposals includes the building of the border wall, the raising of the “credible fear” standard for asylum, and increased resources for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – especially for deportation officers and detention beds. They also include a complete execution of the Trump-era “Remain-in-Mexico” policy to explain that gang violence and domestic violence are not grounds for asylum and for states to be allowed to have the authority to participate in immigration enforcement.

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