Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Van Drew called on the Senate to finally take up H.R.2, Secure the Border Act of 2023, which passed the House 257 days ago, and demanded that President Biden take action and secure our border.
"House Republicans have consistently put forward legislation to secure our border and stop the invasion of illegal immigrants. But instead, the Senate is more worried about securing Ukraine's border and handing out work visas to thousands of illegal immigrants rather than taking decisive action that will protect our sovereignty. I will continue to call out the lack of action by Democrat leaders and fight to protect our citizens by returning to a nation of law and order."
H.R.2, Secure the Border Act of 2023
Forces the Biden administration to restart construction of the border wall.
Deploys technology to the southern and northern border.
Increases the number of Border Patrol agents and provides bonus pay.
Requires transparency regarding illegal crossings from the Department of Homeland Security.
Strengthens current law to protect unaccompanied children from human trafficking.
Ends catch and release.
Ends the abuse of executive immigration authority.
Tightens asylum standards by restricting asylum to only aliens who present at ports of entry and by requiring aliens to prove they are "more likely than not" to qualify for their asylum claim.
Prohibits federal funds from being available for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secure Docket Card Program or any other similar program.
H.R.489 - Expedited Removal Codification Act of 2023
Provides authority for a 2019 DHS notice that expanded coverage for expedited removal for certain inadmissible non-US nationals who were apprehended anywhere in the US and had been in the country for less than two years.
H.R.7014 - To Amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act
Prohibits Federal Medicaid funding for the administrative costs of providing health benefits to individuals who are unauthorized immigrants.
Requires a checkbox or similar option for responders to indicate citizenship status or lawful presence in the US for the 2030 decennial census and every decennial census after. If they are not lawful citizens, then they will not be counted toward population for the purposes of apportionment of US representative districts.
Addresses various issues including matters related to immigration, law enforcement cooperation with Mexico, and drug cartels. This includes barring financial assistance for states that violate federal immigration law, requiring credible fear or threat to apply for asylum, requiring detention of alien minors be governed by federal law and not judicial decree, and establishing the foreign Special Transnational Criminal Organization designated with related penalties for assisting these organizations.
Suspends the entry of illegal immigrants at the border for any period in which they cannot be properly detained or placed in covered programs. Also allows State Attorney Generals to bring action against the Secretary of Homeland Security if this is violated in their respective state.