House GOP Takes Action To Secure Southern Border

( – Republicans in the US House of Representatives have cleared the first hurdle for adopting a bill on border security to deal with the illegal immigration crisis unfolding on President Joe Biden’s watch.

After a 12-hour session on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the border security and immigration bill that the GOP is seeking to pass to fulfill its campaign promise to solve the migrant crisis at the Southern Border.

The 130-page draft Border Security and Enforcement Act of 2023 was approved in committee with 23 votes in favor and 15 votes against, The Washington Examiner reported, as cited by Newsmax.

It is now going to the House floor, where the GOP majority will most likely pass it. However, it remains unknown whether the Republicans would manage to convince some members of the Democrat majority in the Senate to vote with them to pass it and whether Biden wouldn’t veto it even if that happens.

To get secure Freedom Caucus votes and get elected, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had previously promised to fast-track many legislative proposals that have been included in the border security bill.

The report points out that there has been infighting inside the GOP over the efforts to find a solution to the Southern Border crisis in the past three months.

During Wednesday’s discussion at the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) slammed Democrats for raising hue and cry over migrant children separated from their parents at the border when the Biden administration had lost track of 85,000 such children.

“Your current system has 85,000 kids they can’t find. What in the world?” Roy said.

One of the bills that Roy has authored is designed to end the “catch-and-release” program in the United States through specific Department of Homeland Security measures.

“[The DHS will] suspend the entry of any non-U.S. nationals [aliens under federal law] without valid entry documents during any period when DHS cannot detain such an individual or return the individual to a foreign country contiguous to the United States” the draft law reads.

More than 6 million illegal immigrants have invaded the United States since Joe Biden took over the White House more than two years ago.

Of those, some 2 million fall into the so-called “gotaways” category who are never even caught before potentially getting released inside the US.

“Let’s hope so. Let’s just take this in steps. Anyone paying attention in America knows there’s a massive crisis at the border,” Roy said back in January when expressing hopes the Republicans would be able to force a solution to the migrant crises.

He noted at the time that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris seemed to be the only persons unaware of the gravity of the situation.