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UN is now pitching national immigration policies in America

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi railed against the U.S. for sticking to its Title 42 standard and asked that the country instead open its borders to asylum seekers. Title 42 is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive that was enforced in March 2020, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

“I appeal to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border and to restore access to asylum for the people whose lives depend on it,” Grandi said in a statement Thursday. He claimed it would be “in line with international legal and human rights obligations.”

Hundreds of thousands of migrants requesting asylum at the southern border have been turned away because of the directive. As a result, crime increased in Mexican border towns.

“A system which allows a small number of asylum seekers to be admitted daily, however, carries with it a number of risks,” Grandi said. “and is not an adequate response. There is an urgent need to take further steps to provide access at ports of entry which remain closed to most asylum-seekers owing to the Title 42 public health order.” He even called the strategy “morally reprehensible” in a tweet.

https://twitter.com/FilippoGrandi/status/1395694989724766210

Grandi seems to think that otherwise, illegal crossings will increase. “I encourage the US administration to continue its work to strengthen its asylum system and diversify safe pathways so asylum-seekers are not forced to resort to dangerous crossings facilitated by smugglers.”

Since the directive is by the CDC, it will be up to the CDC to halt the order. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said time and time again that he cannot make any changes to the public health order.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

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Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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