The office of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) ripped into House Democrats after it was revealed they were bogging down a big border appropriations bill by attaching riders that would reportedly “functionally nullify” current federal immigration laws.
According to a report by Fox News, multiple Republican sources familiar with the bill negotiations said that Democrats in the House have been introducing various controversial riders — provisions that “ride” a different measure into law as they would not likely pass Congress in their own stand-alone legislation — that would adversely affect current immigration law.
One source told Fox News that the riders were “radical” and “extreme” and would essentially “nullify” current immigration policies in the U.S.
“The actual texts of the proposals they’ve sent have contained provisions that would functionally nullify federal immigration law,” the source said.
A source said one rider reportedly would prevent interviews of migrants claiming asylum from being done by border security agents.
Two other sources explained that a different rider would allegedly stop the Department of Health and Human Services from using allocated funds to share information on the households of current and potential child migrant sponsors or the sponsors themselves.
Additionally, another rider reportedly provided protection against an unlawful immigrant’s illegal status from being used against them should they bring an unaccompanied child with them into the country and served as their sponsor.
“The child will be delivered to them without any reservation,” according to the report.
The source told Fox News:
“So we’d not only be protecting the child smuggling loop, we’d be advertising the child smuggling loop to illegal aliens throughout the United States who would in turn then be able to have confidence they could pay a smuggler in a transnational criminal organization to smuggle a child into the country that we would then tell them we would deliver to them regardless of the law-breaking involved.”
Another source said that a different rider would bring down the Migration Protection Protocols that allow for illegal immigrants to be turned over to Mexico as their immigration proceedings go on by removing the funding from the appropriate section of the law.
Gaetz’s office told IJR Red that the Democrats’ “radical demands” revealed how “fundamentally unserious” they are when it comes to tackling the situation down south, stating that “Republicans are ready to work on solutions.”
“Democrats’ radical demands show that they are fundamentally unserious about addressing the crisis on our southern border,” the congressman’s office said. “I hope the American people will see the sad truth: Republicans are ready to work on solutions, but Democrats continue standing in the way of progress.”
The legislative negotiations come as more and more migrants attempt to enter the country through the southern border.
As IJR Red previously reported, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the U.S. “encountered a modern record of 144,000 border crossers” and that “60,000 children have entered into DHS custody, both unaccompanied and as a part of family units” within the last 40 days.
President Donald Trump previously asked Congress to allocate $4.5 billion in funding to address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he is planning to force a vote on the president’s request next week.