Sinema, Tillis bill would allow immigrants to be deported without hearing
Senators Thom Tillis and Krysten Sinema introduced a new bipartisan bill to give the Biden Administration the authority to almost immediately deport immigrants who cross into the United States illegally. It’s just like Title 42, but it’s not a pandemic related health order.
The Sinema Tillis bill instructs border agents to deport immigrants they determine crossed illegally without any further hearing or review. The immigrants would be sent back to Mexico and if Mexico can’t take them, they would be sent back to their home country. If passed, the bill would remain in effect for two years.
This proposal is welcome news for Republicans, who are urging President Biden to keep Title 42. It’s set to end May 11.
SEn. John Cornyn R-Texas: “Unless they put something else in its place to plug that hole, you’re going to continue to see more and more people encouraged by the prospect of being able to successfully make it across the border into the interior of the United States.”
The Biden administration has been preparing for title 42’s end for more than a year and a half. They created a plan that relies on the President’s immigrant parole program, which let’s immigrants apply for two year work visas before they arrive in America. Those who don’t apply and show up at the border, will be deported. They will also use Title 8, America’s standard immigration statute.
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: “It carries stiff consequences for irregular migration. Including at least a five year ban on reentry and potential criminal prosecution for repeated attempts to cross unlawfully. The return to processing migrants under Title 8 authorities will be swift and immediate.”
But Mayorkas and local leaders who live at the border say illegal immigration will increase after Title 42 ends because smugglers in Mexico are spreading misinformation. They’re telling immigrants they will be able to enter without documentation, and the immigrants appear to believe them.
Mayorkas: “The smuggler’s propaganda is false. Let me be clear, our border is not open, and will not be open after May 11.”
Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.