Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on Wednesday argued that newly sworn-in President Joe Biden‘s proposal to grant the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing within the United States a pathway to citizenship over the course of eight years and his plans to immediately halt construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall will “incentivize” migrants “to come to the [southern] border.”
On Wednesday, Biden is set to introduce a sweeping immigration bill that will include this eight-year pathway to citizenship provision. Specifically, those who have been residing in the U.S. as of January 1, 2021 without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes, and fulfill other basic requirements, according to the Associated Press. After that comes a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship.
While Wolf said that such a policy decision would incentivize more migrants to try to enter the U.S. illegally, he also said that Biden was going about this in the right way legislatively.
“President Biden is doing the right thing—he’s actually proposing this Congress, which is where these types of decisions should be made,” Wolf told Fox News host John Roberts shortly after the midday inauguration event ended. “We don’t need another DACA-like program by an executive order.”
Moreover, Biden plans to also expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and make sure that illegal immigrants are counted in the census.
Wolf then called Biden’s proposed immigration policy changes a “mixed message.”
“It’s a mixed message. You’re telling folks that if you get here at some period of time at some date certain, you will have a pathway to citizenship,” he said. “Once these proposals go to Congress, Congress then begins to tinker with them, tinker with dates. I know his proposal says January 1, but it’s not to say that this date will stick.”
Furthermore, while Biden’s plan will enhance technology used at the border for security, Biden says he’ll halt construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Wolf explained that he and others have argued for years that the U.S. does not need a border wall system along “every inch and every mile” of the U.S.-Mexico border. However, he says that agents patrolling the border say the wall is necessary for “effective border security,” adding that the Trump administration listened to those on the ground.
“I welcome more technology on that border,” Wolf also said, “but at the end of the day, [border agents] need that impedance and denial that an effective border wall system gives them,” adding that there are some critical sections of the border that need such infrastructure.
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Roughly 20 miles northeast of Downtown Houston, Texas, is an entire town where cartels are operating from due to a local developer selling land to border crossers without any paperwork. William ‘Trey’ Harris has been accused of “creating a sprawling illegal migrant town” by “allowing buyers to purchase land without the need to prove income or credit” reports The Daily Mail.
As a result of selling the plots at Colony Ridge without any documentation, an estimated 75,000 people, primarily illegal immigrants, have been able to buy homes and create a town which The Daily Mail reports has at least four separate cartels operating from. The settlement area is approximately 60 square miles in size, and has been developed by Harris through his company Terrano Houston, which uses Spanish language marketing.
Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman claimed Harris has been selling off plots direct to a borrowers for a few hundred dollars without conducting any background checks.
Part 1. Welcome to the largest illegal immigrant no-go sanctuary city in America. Colony Ridge in Liberty County Texas from an airplane today. Vast expansion clearing underway not pictured, w/ @Michael_Yon pic.twitter.com/Tk1UseHr7e
— Todd Bensman (@BensmanTodd) June 14, 2023
A statement on behalf of the company said: ‘The safety of our communities is our foremost goal, and all of our subdivision plots, roads and other infrastructure are built to code and approved by County engineering teams…Our developments have put the American Dream of home ownership within reach for tens of thousands of middle- and working-class Texas families.”
The statement continues: “In addition to these homes, we are also proud of our efforts to improve local infrastructure and bring businesses to the area, as well as our work with local public and charter schools to improve education for our residents’ children and our work with local law enforcement to enhance public safety.”
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