The House is considering an immigration plan that would bring back some of Trump’s administration’s most divisive practices, including funding the border wall construction and making asylum applicants wait in Mexico while their claims are processed.
On Monday, the White House announced that the President would veto a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would reduce the number of asylum seekers allowed in the country, expand border wall construction, and do away with a program that offers migrants like Ukrainian refugees a chance to remain in the United States.
This week, Republicans are seeking to capitalize on the increased attention on immigration issues by repealing pandemic emergency procedures, allowing border agents to return migrants who entered the country illegally swiftly.
On Thursday, the same day the Republicans’ emergency deportation authority expires, the House will vote on the Secure the Border Act.
According to authorities, the number of persons crossing the border between the United States and Mexico is rising.
Since Trump’s election, the Republican Party base has vehemently opposed illegal immigration, so this bill is the party’s first major immigration policy proposal. The actions of former President Trump are reinstated and even expanded upon in the 213-page measure, most notably the construction of barriers along hundreds of miles of the border country. Trump promised during his campaign to have Mexico pay for the construction of a wall along the southern border. This legislation would fulfill that commitment.
The bill has a highly remote possibility of passing the Democratically controlled Senate, even if it passes the Republican-dominated House. This is due to resistance from Republicans representing agricultural areas, who are concerned about the bill’s mandate that businesses verify the legal immigrant status of their employees. However, he would veto it if it made it to the president’s desk.
On Thursday, the House will vote on whether or not to approve the 213-page Secure the Border Act. The Trump administration’s Title 42 regulation, which Covid enforced and allowed the Border Patrol and DHS to deport illegal immigrants based on health concerns, will also expire Thursday.
Under the Secure the Border Act, businesses would be obligated to use the E-Verify system to verify the legal status of their employees.