Following President Biden’s national address on Wednesday night, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) echoed conservative opinions and demanded that the Biden Administration make a plan to fix the border crisis.
Biden only briefly addressed immigration, to the disappointment of many.
“On day one of my presidency, I kept my commitment to send a comprehensive immigration bill to the United States Congress,” Biden said in the address. He implored Congress to pass it because it calls to secure the border and create a pathway to citizenship.
On the other hand, Vice President Harris has been the border czar for over a month. But she has not held a single press conference on the matter and hasn’t visited the border to date.
But Sen. Kelly said that’s not enough. “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system,” Kelly said in a press release, “what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border.” He also vowed that he “will continue holding this administration accountable.” Kelly called for a human system to process migrants, stronger borders, and support for local economies.
From personal experience, Sen. Sinema agreed. “I grew up in southern Arizona, so like a lot of Arizonans, I’ve seen firsthand how Arizona, and specifically small communities along the border, pays the price for the federal government’s failure over decades to fix our broken immigration system,” Sinema said in her press release.
Sinema was recently named Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management. Together with other border state senators, she’s introduced the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act in an effort to improve the federal response to the crisis.
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At a recent rally in Iowa, former President Donald Trump promised that if elected again in 2024, he would invoke the Alien Enemies Act to enable widespread deportation of migrants who have illegally entered the United States. Since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021, over 6 million people have illegally entered the country.
Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”
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