Elise Stefanik: The 'Joe Biden/Chuck Schumer Open Border Bill' Is an 'Absolute Non-Starter'

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Sunday said that the establishment “border” bill is an “absolute non-starter.”

The Senate released its emergency supplemental spending bill that contains, among other things, an establishment border bill, which as Breitbart News reported, would do little to stymy the migrant crisis at the southern border.

Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. Lawmakers on the education committee will grill the leaders of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about their responses to protests that erupted after the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas. Photographer: Haiyun Jiang/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on Dec. 5, 2023. (Haiyun Jiang/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Stefanik wrote:

This Joe Biden/Chuck Schumer Open Border Bill is an absolute non-starter and will further incentivize thousands of illegals to pour in across our borders daily. House Republicans have already passed HR2 – the Secure Our Border Act, which would actually secure the border and return to the effective Trump policies with the most secure border in our nation’s history.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) said in a statement:

While my staff and I are reviewing this legislation, I join Speaker Johnson in opposing any new agreement that fails to eliminate the perverse incentives Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas created through his unlawful agenda of mass catch-and-release and his refusal to remove those with no lawful basis to remain in the country.

In particular, I will vehemently oppose any agreement that legitimizes or normalizes any level of illegal immigration. Congress, with bipartisan majorities, has given the executive branch every authority it needs to enforce the law and secure the border. Those majorities mandated the detention and removal of inadmissible aliens, with the use of parole under very limited and exceptional circumstances. Additional carveouts will only be further exploited by criminal cartels––and lawless officials like Secretary Mayorkas.

He added, “We must end this historic border crisis––not by legislative ‘feel-good’ efforts, but by enforcing the law.”

Sean Moran is a policy reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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