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Biden faces more backlash on immigration, this time from border state Democrats

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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.

RELATED: War Correspondent: ‘It’s a war out there’ on the border

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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Jan. 6 Select Committee Announces Plan to ‘Advance Contempt Proceedings’ Against Mark Meadows

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The January 6th Capital riot saga continues as a Democratic-led Select Committee has confirmed its plans to hold former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt. On Tuesday CNN obtained a letter that Mark Meadow’s attorney sent to the January 6 Committee formally announcing he would refuse to continue to cooperate with the probe.

“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters,” attorney George J. Terwilliger III stated in the letter.

“Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable…In short, we now have every indication from the information supplied to us last Friday — upon which Mr. Meadows could expect to be questioned — that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege,” Terwilliger added.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote a letter dated December 7 announcing its retaliatory actions: “The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution.”

CNN reports on the timeline of correspondence between the Select Committee and Mr. Meadows:

Meadows was first subpoenaed by the committee on September 23. On November 12, Meadows failed to appear for a deposition, but on November 22, the committee gave Meadows another opportunity to begin cooperating with the committee by turning over documents and scheduling a new deposition, to which Meadows agreed. But, the day before the scheduled deposition, Meadows, via his lawyer, informed the committee he would not be appearing for the scheduled December 8 deposition and would cease cooperating with the committee.

Prior to Tuesday’s decision to cease cooperating with the committee, Meadows “had turned over approximately 6,000 pages worth of documents to the panel” reports CNN.

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