“Five of the new bills specifically target asylum,” reported Immigration Impact. Proposed changes would “[a]Few children have to be detained for up to 100 days, well beyond the 20-day period currently set by the EU Flores Settlement Agreement. “More suggestions would”[a]Improve the Re-Authorization of Victims of Human Trafficking Protection Act so that unaccompanied children can be expelled from the border immediately. “
The previous government had already tried, against the advice of health experts who used the novel coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to put asylum-seeking children back at the risk from which they had fled thousands of times, to suppress this act by an executive branch. The previous government used this health order against children for most of 2020 and only stopped in November due to an order from a federal judge.
The Republicans are also trying to resume the “stay in Mexico” policy that the Biden administration stopped. While Republicans are heading back to the southern border this week for another stunt where they pretend to be concerned about the treatment of migrants, reviving Remain in Mexico would actually be a return to cruelty. But that’s probably a big reason why Republicans liked the inhumane and illegal politics in the first place.
“The remaining four bills focus on funding and enforcement issues related to immigration,” continued Immigration Impact. Proposed legislation would “[d]efund several actions Taken during Biden’s first week of office, including reversing ICE’s new enforcement priorities and withdrawing federal support for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiative. “It doesn’t matter that even the previous administration didn’t try to end the program a second time if it had the chance, perhaps realizing that it would be a really, really unpopular move in an election year.
And before Republicans try to tell us we like immigration, we just want it to be legal, they don’t want it to be legal (although it has to be mentioned that asylum is also legal immigration). “Two of the recently introduced bills target legal immigration channels,” said Immigration Impact, including the abolition of the program “This will give 50,000 randomly selected people from countries with low immigration to the US green cards.”
None of the proposals take action to improve our unfair immigration system. If that was what they wanted, they could have rallied en masse behind one of the various legalization laws introduced at this congressional session. While two major bills were recently passed with bilateral support, the vast majority of Republicans continued to oppose these bills and their popular routes to citizenship. Last poll “The DREAM bill has 72% support, undocumented farm workers citizenship 71% support, and undocumented essential workers citizenship 66% support.”
The path to citizenship for the entire undocumented community is similarly popular. Polls show that voters prefer legalization to deportation. 79% to 21%. “Even grassroots Republicans prefer Citizenship about the deportation by 61% to 39%, ”said the researchers. “Citizenship for undocumented people is a consensus problem –no divisive –as the head cCitizenship Proposals to Congress are everything very Popular, with considerable support from partisans Lines. ”
The twice accused president may not be in office, but Republicans have made a clear choice to align with his policies. “Will racism and xenophobia bring Republicans victory in 2022? Let’s check the record, ”said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, referring to the losses of notorious loudmouths against immigrants like Steve King, Kris Kobach (twice!), Lou Barletta, Corey Stewart and of course the former White resident House. Stephen Miller, he’s not a strategic genius.
“Well, it failed and backfired in races from 2017-2020,” Sharry continued. “Republicans may be desperate for a racist hot-button dog whistle problem, but Mr. Potato Head and Cancel Culture may have more promise than repeating a wedge problem that has lost its edge.”