US Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined four other colleagues to introduce legislation to address loopholes in the US immigration system that encourage vulnerable populations to use dangerous and illegal entry routes in the USA.
Title on Border Surge Stop Law, The bill is sponsored by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and co-sponsored by Tuberville and Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The introduction of the legislation on Monday came in recent months, demonstrating the dangerous costs of immigration surges at the southern border. Last month alone, traffickers reportedly earned up to $ 14 million a week smuggling vulnerable men, women and children across the border. And, of course, once indebted to the cartels and coyotes, the price they pay is far more expensive than the money. Reports indicate that a third of those heading for the border are sexually assaulted, and many are coerced into some form of trafficking.
In addition to empowering cartels and coyotes, immigration surges – such as the United States has experienced since President Joe Biden took office – have overwhelmed the country’s facilities and its ability to process immigrants from fast and safe way. In recent days, thousands of unaccompanied minors have been detained in overcrowded customs and border patrol facilities built to house adults, with no end in sight, and adults have been released prematurely into the community, receiving COVID-testing. 19 positive just days after their release. .
In a statement, the Stopping Border Surges Act includes reforms that would help stem the influx of foreigners that our country can neither support nor support; strengthen our asylum process; eliminate the incentive to send children on the perilous solo journey to the border; and dampen the exploitative power of coyotes and cartels.
“By reversing some of President Trump’s most successful border policies, President Biden has sent a ‘come one, come all’ signal to immigrants,” Tuberville said. “Not only did this create a wave of illegal immigrants crossing the border, but it also created an environment conducive to abuse.”
“This bill prevents the exploitation of our immigration laws for the benefit of those willing to use vulnerable migrants, including children, to promote illegal behavior. Children should not be used as a free pass to enter our country. I urge my colleagues to join this bill, ”he concluded.
A summary of the invoice can be viewed here.
This week, Tuberville is expected to join a group of Republican senators to visit McAllen, Texas, which he called a “hotspot for illegal border crossings.” Senators will meet with customs and border protection officials and observe processing facilities and ports of entry.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn