GOP amendments pass to protect Americans from COVID-positive and criminal migrants


By Jenny Goldsberry

While Senators haggled over the budget bill late Tuesday night, GOP Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) penned amendments on immigration. Sen. Marshall penned an amendment to not permit migrants’ travel without a negative COVID-19 test. The senate adopted his amendment by a vote of 88-11. Then, Hagerty wrote an amendment to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport more migrants than it has of late.

ICE can now legally detain migrants who test positive and deport migrants convicted of crimes. Additionally, the amendment provides the department the resources needed to do so. Marshall’s amendment passed by a 53-46 vote.

During the debate, Hagerty suggested that there should be more deportations based on previous trends. “According to ICE’s website, 92 percent of the illegal aliens that ICE deports have been convicted of or charged with crimes,” Hagerty said on the floor. “Yet, despite the border crisis and record border crossings, the Biden administration has drastically reduced deportations to roughly one-quarter what they were last fiscal year, reaching the lowest levels on record this spring—from over 28,000 in October 2019 to less than 3,000 in April 2021. That means the Administration is allowing thousands of criminal illegal aliens per month to remain in American communities and potentially commit more crimes.”

Sens. Kelly, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NM), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined the GOP in voting for Hagerty’s amendment. In response, Hagerty tweeted when it passed.

“Pleased my colleagues have joined me to enforce our immigration laws and deter illegal immigration and criminal activity by providing the resources necessary to remove criminal illegal aliens from our streets,” the tweet read.

Then, Marshall responded to his amendment passing, tweeting that it’s a statement to President Trump. “Passage of this amendment proves Republicans and Democrats must stand together to hold the Biden Administration accountable and ensure illegal migrants are not able to be scattered throughout the interior of this nation without testing negative for COVID,” Marshall tweeted.

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