Senators Cruz and Lankford Debate Contentions Surrounding Immigration Bill
Senator Ted Cruz and Senator James Lankford engaged in a heated debate over the contents of an immigration bill currently under scrutiny. The main bone of contention between the two Republican senators is whether the bill would allow for a daily intake of 5,000 individuals. Lankford vehemently denied this claim, arguing that the bill instead focuses on achieving zero illegal border crossings per day and does not offer amnesty.
Key Components of the Immigration Bill
Lankford highlighted several key aspects of the bill that he believes have been misunderstood. The bill aims to increase the number of Border Patrol agents, asylum officers, and detention beds. Its primary objective is to expedite the process of detaining and deporting individuals. Lankford emphasized that the bill puts an end to the practice of catch and release, introduces additional deportation flights, and revamps the asylum process. He stressed that the bill is not about allowing 5,000 people to enter the country daily, as has been mistakenly assumed.
Border Closure and the Misconceptions
Lankford clarified that the bill includes provisions for border closure in the event of a surge in border crossings. He dismissed the notion that the bill relies on a manual count at the border, emphasizing that it would result in a complete shutdown and immediate return of all individuals attempting unauthorized entry.
Senator Lankford Addresses Criticism and Urges Progress
Despite criticism from fellow Republicans who claim that pursuing the bill would give President Biden an opportunity to claim progress on the border crisis, Senator Lankford defended his decision. He argued that the timing of the election should not hinder progress. Lankford highlighted the importance of their commitment to securing the border and their duty to uphold the Constitution.
Enforcing the Law and Addressing the Crisis
Lankford asserted that the bill introduces mandatory measures to ensure the enforcement of immigration laws. He questioned the credibility of the argument that President Biden could suddenly become a pro-national security president and solve the crisis in the final months of his term. Lankford contended that the chaos at the border was a direct result of Biden’s actions, as millions of individuals took advantage of the relaxed policies. He stressed the need to act now to address the crisis and implement long-term solutions that future administrations can utilize.
Senator Rick Scott Criticizes Senator Lankford
Senator Rick Scott expressed his disagreement with Senator Lankford’s pursuit of the bill, accusing him of being on a “suicide mission.” Scott claimed that Democrats have no intention of securing the border and that the only way to achieve this goal is through accountability measures that force Biden to enforce immigration laws. He argued that there is no need for a new bill since the existing laws, enforced by President Trump, were effective. Scott revealed that Senator Mitch McConnell informed Lankford that accountability measures cannot be added to the bill to demand immediate action from Biden.
Enforcing the Law through Accountability
Scott emphasized the need for measures that hold Biden accountable for securing the border. He suggested tying these measures to other issues such as Ukraine aid. Scott believed that without such measures, Biden would not comply with the law. He questioned why Biden has not taken immediate action if securing the border is truly important to him. Scott concluded that if Biden cannot be compelled to enforce immigration laws, it is necessary to close the border immediately.