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A judge’s order last week to halt the use of Title 42 to deport immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is a warning sign that we are seeing new challenges at an already tense border.
The border needs real solutions, but if Republicans want to provide them, they must act now. They cannot wait for a new Congress when the partisan stalemate between the two houses makes actual legislation all but impossible.
In the most recent fiscal year, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 2.2 million individuals who entered the United States illegally. This is a new record. And even more concerning than those who have been arrested are the estimated 599,000 individuals who were never arrested.
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The end of Title 42, the Public Health Emergency Act, was perhaps inevitable. As the pandemic fades from the minds of most Americans, citing the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming less and less justified.
In some respects, however, this policy contributes to the current crisis. Those deported to Mexico often illegally tried to cross again the next day. Without a legal asylum process, the most desperate people fell into the dangerous hands of smugglers. Only Congress can provide the plans and resources to prevent a worsening crisis following the end of Title 42.
Republicans seem divided over the best solution. While some cling to the idea that immigration, legal or illegal, is too expensive, a majority of Republican lawmakers have co-sponsored legislation that presumes legal immigration is a good thing. They argue that in some U.S. sectors, such as agriculture, where severe labor shortages are fueling skyrocketing food bills, more legal jobs are needed to bolster domestic growth and economic security. We recognize the urgent need for immigration.
These same Republicans also have an interest in securing borders and stopping illegal immigration, but they also want to ensure that the United States does so in a way that maintains due process for asylum seekers. I think
The majority of white evangelical Christians — four in five voted Republican earlier this month — support both increased legal immigration and safer borders.
An August survey by Lifeway Research found that 83% of all evangelicals believe legal immigration is beneficial to the United States. We need secure borders.
But with Republicans’ split approaches to immigration, it’s unlikely that a House with a very narrow Republican majority will be able to gather the votes needed to pass a border security bill in a new, divided Congress. .
But if Republican senators act quickly, there is hope.
Democrats, who are generally less enthusiastic about the border security bill, said they would not be willing to pay for the Dreamers after a recent court ruling found that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was illegally created. Desperate to find a solution.With the likelihood that the Supreme Court will eventually uphold this decision and end DACA once and for all, Democrats have been asked by immigrant rights groups to enforce strong border security provisions and We are under pressure to pass dream bills that can be combined.
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Border State Senators John Cornyn (Republican-Texas) and Kirsten Cinema (Democrat-Arizona) introduced a bill, the Bipartisan Border Resolution Act, that could go a long way toward reducing chaos at the border Did. The bill would expedite the process of allowing people fleeing the credible fear of persecution to become legal permanent residents, and return those who do not qualify more quickly. Unless combined with legislation such as the Workforce Modernization Act, they are unlikely to support the bill.
Nearly 80% of Americans (including 76% of Republicans) believe that Republicans and Democrats will work together to secure the border, give Dreamers the path to citizenship, and provide a reliable, legal agricultural workforce. I want to reform the visa system to secure it. Do it all together.
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But unless Congress takes action by the end of 2022, neither borders nor immigration will be resolved in the near future. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the frontrunner for next House Speaker, said the Dreamer’s path to legal status combined with the lack of consensus in the next Congress for new border security. I have already sworn.
The eleventh hour has arrived for Republicans and Democrats to build a consensus that can actually be passed to restore order at the border.
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