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Sen. Durbin Says Amnesty Bill Unrealistic Amid Border Crisis

“I think Speaker Pelosi has discovered that she doesn’t have support for the comprehensive bill in the House”



Sen. Dick Durbin

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said that he does not believe there is a realistic way for congress to pass an amnesty deal for illegal immigrants.

“Well, I don’t see. I don’t see a means of reaching it,” Durbin said when asked about a pathway to citizenship. “I want it. And I think we are much more likely to deal with discrete elements.”

He added that a comprehensive bill would not have enough support in the Democrat-controlled House. He said, “I think Speaker Pelosi has discovered that she doesn’t have support for the comprehensive bill in the House. And I think that indicates where it is in the Senate as well.”

In order to pass the bill, the Senate would need 60 votes to overcome a likely filibuster. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters recently that he does not believe a bipartisan solution was realistic while the current border crisis is not controlled and Democrats continue to “move the goalposts.”

“I’m on record saying I’d like to find a permanent solution to the DACA recipients,” Cornyn said. “The problem is every time we try to meet the Democrats halfway, they move the goalposts.”

He then pointed to the situation at the border now. “Unless there is some way to bring some control and order to that situation, I think it makes it very hard to do other things on a bipartisan basis,” Cornyn said. “That’s one of the casualties of the failure to think ahead of time. If you’re going to reverse Trump policies, what’s your plan? Well, they didn’t have a plan. Other than to say, ‘don’t come now’ when all the other signals are, you know, ‘come on in. If you can get here, you’re going to stay.”

Migrant facilities at the border are overwhelmed, with one facility reaching 729% of its capacity. In order to decide on a bill for pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the United States, the border would need to be secured as pathway to citizenship discussions incentivized more illegal immigration.

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Biden Administration Leaves Border Patrol in Impossible Situation, Then Chastises Them



Alejandro Mayorkas

Photos and video were released of the almost 15,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, congregating under a bridge in a Texas border town over the weekend. Overcrowding and pleas from local politicians and border patrol agents prompted the Department of Homeland Security to expel over 6,000 Haitians on flights back to Haiti.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been pathetically absent from the increasing crisis their administration created at the southern border. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was forced to take action and issued a statement that was long overdue.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life” said Mayorkas. The expulsion of the 6,000 migrants, with more on the way, is legal action the U.S. can take, thanks to a pandemic-related authority implemented by former President Donald Trump in March of 2020.

President Biden upheld Trump’s policy but exempted unaccompanied children. As of Saturday, a peak number of 14,872 migrants were at the bridge trying to get into the United States. Mayorkas said 600 Homeland Security employees, including Coast Guard, have been brought to the border town to aid in the border chaos.

Photos and video emerged of officials on horseback trying to keep migrants from crossing the river which prompted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to finally make a comment regarding the border. She took the chance to chastise the very people her boss forced into the situation.

“I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it acceptable or appropriate” Psaki said of the “horrific” footage and called for an investigation. A solution to the border crisis itself, however, was not discussed.

In an afternoon news conference, both Mayorkas and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they did not see anything obviously wrong from the photos and videos. Mayorkas even explains agents use long reins, not whips, to control their horses. Ortiz mentioned it can be confusing to distinguish migrants from smugglers as people frantically cross the river back and forth.

Later on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security did issue a statement calling the footage “extremely troubling” and promised an investigation to “define the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken.”

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Border Agents Accused Of Whipping Migrants Taken Off Law Enforcement Duties



U.S. Border Patrol

On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that U.S. Border Patrol agents that had been falsely accused of using “whips” on Haitian illegal immigrants are no longer conducting law enforcement duties while the incident is investigated.

“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who initially backed the agents before changing his stance amid outrage from the White House and left-wing Democrats, told a House Committee that the agents had been taken off the frontlines amid an investigation that he expected to take days, rather than weeks,” Fox News reported.

“We have ensured that the individuals during the pendency of the investigation are not conducting law enforcement duties to interact with migrants, but rather are conducting only administrative duties,” Mayorkas told the Committee.

“The facts will drive the actions that we take,” he said. “We ourselves will pull no punches and we need to conduct this investigation thoroughly, but very quickly. It will be completed in days, if not weeks.”

The announcement comes as U.S. Border Patrol is already being overwhelmed by the record-high levels of illegal immigration, which has passed 200,000 border encounters for the second consecutive month – the first time that number has been reached in 21 years.

In response to the illegal immigration surge, which began in March, a group of 26 governors sent a letter to President Biden urging him to take action to stop the flood of illegal immigrants across the southern border.

“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter said, in part. “A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens.”

However, reducing the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents able to perform law enforcement duties appears to be taking a step in the opposite direction.

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