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A ‘spiraling tsunami’: Trump tears into Biden’s border policy

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday went after President Joe Biden, accusing his successor of prompting a “spiraling tsunami” of crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In an emailed statement, the 45th president blamed the current 46th for the surge in border crossing, which has spurred the opening of a pair of two overflow facilities for unaccompanied migrant children.

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“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote in a lengthy statement. “Our great Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration.”

“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute. Many have criminal records, and many others have and are spreading covid. Interior enforcement has been shut down — criminals that were once promptly removed by our Administration are now being released back onto the street to commit heinous and violent crimes,” Trump said.

Here, the former president is referencing the recently reported release of migrants who had tested positive for COVID-19 in South Texas.

“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers. When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history,” Trump continued. “Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”

On Firday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fired back at Trump’s statements.

“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years,” she said. “We’re going to tread our own path forward and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.”

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Biden notably stopped construction of his predecessor’s signature border wall along the southern border. In February also, the president started to phase out the “Remain in Mexico” policy, under which around 71,000 Central American asylum applicants were awaiting rulings in Mexico. In some circumstances, asylum seekers who are permitted to wait on rulings inside the United States can receive work permits while they wait.

Back in January, border agents apprehended nearly 78,000 people, an increase from 36,679 in January of last year. Furthermore, each week last month, around 2,200 unaccompanied children were reported to have crossed the border.

On top of loosening Trump administration rules, Biden issued an order affirming the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work permits and shielding from deportation to individuals brought to the United States illegally as minors, known as “Dreamers.” He also put forward legislation that would establish an eight-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the country.

Conservatives have criticized Biden’s proposed path to citizenship, arguing that the allure of citizenship would inspire more migrants to cross the southern border.

“I had a great relationship with Mexico, and its wonderful president, but all of that has been dissipated by the gross incompetence and radicalism of the people currently in charge. The Remain in Mexico Policy was incredible, but immediately abandoned by Biden, probably because it worked so well,” Trump also said in his statement.

“Likewise, our Safe Third Agreements in Central America were extraordinarily successful, so Biden foolishly ditched them too,” he continued. “We stopped payment of the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to them and then developed an excellent relationship that made our country and their countries more secure.”

The former president also claimed that the current administration has “given the smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border” and anticipated that the border crisis would only worsen.

“There has never been a time on our southern border like what is happening now but more importantly, what is about to happen,” Trump said.

“Now that Biden has implemented nationwide Catch-and-Release, illegal immigrants from every corner of the Earth will descend upon our border and never be returned. You can never have a secure border unless people who cross illegally are promptly removed.”

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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