REALITY CHECK: The GOP Has No Immigration Plan
February 7, 2023
While President Biden and Vice President Harris have spent two years funding and rebuilding our immigration system after Donald Trump gutted it, MAGA Republicans have repeatedly proven that they have neither a plan nor the political will to try and pass reforms.
President Biden’s administration has secured funding for border security and management to help to crack down on drug trafficking.
Yahoo: The Biden administration requested “funding for border security in the FY 22 and FY 23 omnibus packages, which Republicans voted against, as well as a $4 billion request for additional funds for the border in December.”
Government Executive: “Border Patrol is in line for a whopping 17% funding boost, which includes the funding for 300 new Border Patrol agents that the Biden administration had repeatedly stressed as necessary to handle the record-high numbers of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.”
On day one in office, President Biden and Vice President Harris took immediate action to fix an immigration system that had been gutted by the Trump administration.
Vox: “In the almost three years since President Donald Trump took office, the US asylum system has almost become unrecognizable. The administration has built up, layer by layer, a series of impediments in Central America, at the border, in detention centers, and in the immigration courts that have made obtaining asylum nearly impossible.”
Vox: “On his first day as president on Wednesday, Joe Biden will send an ambitious immigration reform bill to Congress that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, bolster border security with new screening technologies, and deliver aid to Central America.”
Reuters: “Private companies have committed to invest $4.2 billion in northern Central America as part of an effort by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris to reduce migration by targeting economic development, the White House said on Monday.”
Upon taking office, President Biden took steps immediately to fix some of the worst policies of the previous administration – starting with ending inhumane family separations and dedicating a team to reuniting those who were separated.
Politico: “The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a federal audit released Thursday morning.”
Washington Post: “President Biden on Tuesday announced the start of efforts to identify and reunite hundreds of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and remain apart years later. President Biden signed an executive order creating a task force to reunite the families, a step toward fulfilling a campaign promise.”
White House: “The administration successfully reduced the number of unaccompanied children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities from 5,676 in late March to 570 on June 14.”
Republicans have shown time and again that they have no plan to fix our immigration system, instead choosing to focus on pointing fingers and trying to score political points.
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