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Poll: Two-thirds say border situation is a ‘crisis’

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As the Biden administration faces heat for the deteriorating situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and for refusing to label it a “crisis,” a new poll has found that two-thirds of likely voters would classify the situation as a “crisis.”

The poll from Rasmussen Reports published Monday found that 67% of likely voters would call the situation at the border as a “crisis,” as opposed to members of the administration—such as White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas—calling it a “challenge”.

RELATED: Psaki finally calls border situation a ‘crisis’, but corrects to call it a ‘challenge’

 On the other hand, only 23% said it’s not a crisis and 10% are not sure.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted between March 18 and 21 also asked if individuals agreed or disagreed with this statement: “President Biden himself … has caused the [border] crisis with both his rhetoric and his policies”.

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A slight majority of respondents—53%—said they agreed with that assessment, whereas 38% said they disagreed and 10% were unsure.

Many Republicans have accused Biden of incentivizing migrants to come to the southern border with his policy proposals for undocumented immigrants, such as an eight-year pathway to citizenship.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Arizona AG: Biden ‘incentivizing’ migrants ‘to break the law and come here’

Since January, the reported number of migrants crossing the southern border has surged, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with many of these migrants being unaccompanied children.

The Biden administration has been scrambling to accompany and process all these migrants, as well as test them for COVID-19. Although, the administration has faced backlash over reports that facilities have released COVID-positive migrants into the country.

In the wake of accusations that he has been incentivizing migrants to come to the United States, Biden last Tuesday issued a message to migrants, telling them: “Don’t come over.”

RELATED: Biden’s message to migrants: ‘Don’t come over’

MORE ON THE BORDER: Mayorkas grilled about testing migrants for COVID-19

MORE ON THE BORDER: Graham: ‘It’s time for Mayorkas to change course or change jobs’

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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