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Putting Harris in charge of immigration is like ‘making El Chapo the drug czar’: Sen. Kennedy

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Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) compared Vice President Kamala Harris being assigned to a top administration role regarding the migrant crisis to tapping drug lord El Chapo to be “the drug czar.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller‘s Samantha Renck published Wednesday that touched on a variety of topics relating to immigration, the senator was asked for his thoughts on Harris’ new role, which she was appointed to last Wednesday.

Noting that he had served with Harris on the Senate Judiciary Committee before she became vice president and that he has “great respect” for her, Kennedy said that they have “sharp disagreement on immigration.”

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“Putting the vice president in charge of solving this problem […] is like making El Chapo the drug czar,” Kennedy also remarked, charging that Harris believes in “open borders.”

The senator went on to slam the vice president for past statements of hers in which she was critical of border patrol and called aspects of former President Donald Trump‘s hardline immigration policy “racist”.

As Politico‘s Eugene Daniels noted on Monday, Harris’ exact role hasn’t been fully laid out publicly yet. While senior administration officials keep emphasizing that Harris isn’t in charge of the administration’s overall immigration agenda or activity at the border, Symone Sanders, Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokesperson, told reporters Friday that the vice president received an “extensive briefing on the northern triangle and Latin America” and would be “speaking with leaders from the region in the near future.”

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Senior administration officials, including President Joe Biden and Harris, have yet to call the deteriorating situation a “crisis,” despite pressure for them to characterize it as such.

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“Of course, President Biden says we can’t call it a crisis. How about a category 5 hurricane?” Kennedy, who recently visited the southern border with 18 other U.S. Senators, told Renck of what he saw. “I’m not sure there are words in English.”

“It’s thousands and thousands of people flooding in,” he said.

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Among other things discussed during the interview, the Louisiana Republican said the United States needs to return to the immigration policies it had back in December, when Trump was still president. The senator pointed specifically to bringing back the “Remain in Mexico” policy for processing refugee applicants; finishing construction of Trump’s border wall, the funds for which Biden froze on his first day in the Oval Office; and ending to “catch-and-release”. He also said the U.S. shouldn’t give foreign aid to certain Central American countries, noting that they are run by authoritarian governments and are corrupt.

Watch the full Daily Caller interview with Sen. Kennedy here.

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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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