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

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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.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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