Biden slams GOP for not passing bill that would permit at least 1.4 MILLION illegal immigrants to cross border, be released into US every year

The border bill that failed to pass in the Senate would have allowed at least 4,000 illegal immigrants to breach the border each day.

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President Joe Biden has said that Congressional Republicans are "standing in the way" of a border security bill that would allow at least 1.4 million illegal immigrants to be caught at the border and released into the country every year.  

On Thursday evening, President Joe Biden posted that Congressional Republicans are choosing to "stand in the way of border enforcement. The proposed bill would cap allow agents to close th border after 4,000 illegal border crossings per day, and trigger mandatory shut down at 5,000. Just sticking with the 4,000 would allow at least 1.4 million illegal immigrants into the country at the border land crossings every year.  


 
"Congressional Republicans do not care about securing the border or fixing America’s broken immigration system. If they did, they would have voted for the toughest border enforcement in history. By blocking the bipartisan border agreement, they put partisan politics ahead of our country’s national security," he wrote.   
 
The bill that was blocked in the Senate by the GOP on Thursday is S. 4361. The central portion to the bill having to do with immigration is that it would give the president "emergency authority" to shut down the border "if, during a period of 7 consecutive calendar days, there is an average of 4,000 or more aliens who are encountered each day" at the border. This maximum, however, is discretionary. It would be mandatory for Biden to shut down the border if the number were to reach 5,000 on average over the same period of seven days. If in one day, there is a combined total of 8,500 illegal immigrants crossing the border, then the mandatory action would still have to take effect.  
 
The average of 4,000 a day, if taken to its logical end, would allow around 1.4 million immigrants to come into the country every year. This does not take into account the number of immigrants that are applying for the Biden administration's controversial parole program that can fly up to 30,000 immigrants from the countries of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela each month. Those illegal inmigrants are able to schedule a surrender at a port of entry, where they are then released and given a court date often some years down the road.

The bill also stated that illegal immigrants could still be let in after the authority was activated if “an alien who holds a valid travel document upon arrival at a port of entry.”  

CBP One, an app that does not necessitate authenticated identification documents to use and create a profile, has been used as an official identification document for those from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela and has been an acceptable form of ID for TSA.  

This would mean anyone who can use this for an official ID could potentially not be stopped at the border even under the emergency authority.  
 
Additionally, last week, sources at the Biden White House told reporters that he was planning on taking similar action on the 4,000 mark, only with an executive order, in a report from the New York Post. Biden has attempted to shift the blame to Republicans in Congress for the lack of border security, yet the administration has acknowledged that executive powers would get the job done.  Executive orders, however, could be easily overturned by the next occupant of the White House. Biden overturned Trump's executive orders closing the border near immediately upon taking office.

At the time of last week’s report, a spokesman for House Speaker Mike Johnson said that the executive order would "prove" Biden “doesn’t need Congress to pass legislation to take action on the border.”    

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