Republican Reintroduces Deportation Legislation

Republican Reintroduces Deportation Legislation

( – With the end of Title 42 rapidly approaching, a House Republican has revived a bill that was originally introduced in December of 2022 during the 117th Congress. With Republicans now in control of the House, Representative Pat Fallon, R-Texas, is hoping to push the legislation through to address the border crisis and curb the flow of migrants that is expected to increase once Title 42 comes to an end. This legislation, called the American Safety and Fairness Through Expedited Removal (SAFER) Act, expands a deportation authority that was implemented in 1996 during the Clinton administration.

This legislation will remove limits on the deportation of illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for 14 days or less, as long as they are within 100 miles of the border. Republicans have put pressure on the Biden administration to take action before Title 42 ends, in addition to criticizing the “catch and release” policy that Biden reinstated in the first month of his presidency. The bill also allows expulsion of undocumented migrants who may have traveled deeper into the country, so long as they have been here for less than two years.

Republicans are not the only lawmakers concerned about the end of Title 42. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a former Democrat who recently switched to Independent, alongside Senator Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., expressed concerns and sought answers in a letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about proper preparation for the end of Title 42 back in November 2022. Senator Sinema stated that the Biden admin’s inability to control the border “puts Arizona communities, and our national security” in danger. The two Senators advocated for humane treatment of illegal migrants without sacrificing the safety of citizens and communities.

Representative Fallon stated that “The American SAFER Act returns power” to authorities, which has been restricted little by little since its implementation in 1996. The Biden administration has unveiled new rules within the last several weeks that they say will help curb the flow of illegal migrants. There have also been rumors of implementation of a detention policy for families similar to the policy during the Trump administration, although nothing official has been confirmed.

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