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Biden calls border surge a ‘crisis’ for the first time

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President Biden referred to the situation at the southern border as a “crisis” for the first time Sunday. He was playing a round of golf.

Biden said his administration was focusing on the “crisis” and that now they will begin to let in more refugees. The president also referred to the cap his administration has on the number of illegal immigrants that have been allowed to enter the country through the roughly 2,000 mile southern border with Mexico.

“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” Biden said. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number,” as reported by Fox News.

The word has been avoided by his team, but now the President said it himself.

The situation at the border has resulted in a record number of unaccompanied minors showing up in the month of March, and nearly 1,000 migrants crossing into the country undetected every day, according to Border Patrol officials.

Perhaps Biden’s labeling of the situation in the south will encourage his Vice President to take a trip to the border—or at least hold a press conference, which Harris has failed to do in the 25 days she has served as head of the response to the crisis.

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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.

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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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