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GOP lawmakers introduce bill to prevent Biden admin from surprising states with influxes of migrants

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Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) alongside Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) introduced a bill Thursday to make migrant resettlement more transparent. The bill would require the Department Human Health Services and the Department of Homeland Security to clear all migrant resettlements with governors and mayors before the migrants arrive.

This call for more transparency comes after reports of migrant resettlements in Tennessee, without the knowledge of any of the aforementioned lawmakers. “In Tennessee, the Biden Administration was caught,” Sen. Blackburn said in a statement. As a result, they saw the bill as a precautionary safety measure.

Should the bill pass, both HHS and DHS would have to report to local authorities on the number of migrants and the location of the resettlements. Then, they would also have to report on the educational and workforce resources given to the migrants.

“Federal transparency with state and local officials is always important in our republic, but it’s particularly critical during the ongoing crisis on the border,” Rep. Fleischmann said. After all, according to Sen. Hagerty, this could become an epidemic that affects many American citizens.

“President Biden’s border crisis has turned every town into a border town,” Hagerty said.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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