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Rep. Pramila Jayapal Raises “Serious Concerns” About Biden’s Border Enforcement

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on illegal immigration and the cost of social services, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) voiced her “serious concerns” about President Biden’s border policies.

Jayapal highlighted issues related to border enforcement and access to asylum while countering claims that the administration is not enforcing immigration laws.

Fearmongering and Heavy-Handed Border Enforcement

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Jayapal criticized the current environment of fearmongering and expressed her reservations about the heavy-handed approach taken by the Biden administration in recent months.

Concerns About Limiting Asylum Access

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She specifically mentioned concerns about regulations limiting asylum access and the use of expedited processing for families.

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Comparison with Trump Administration

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The congresswoman noted that the Biden administration has removed a similar number of migrants from the U.S. compared to former President Trump during a similar timeframe in office.

Citing Stats

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She cited statistics, stating that since the end of Title 42 in the previous year, over 400,000 individuals, including 65,000 family unit members and children, have been removed or returned to Mexico.

Countering Govt. Criticism Over Immigration

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Jayapal emphasized that this figure nearly matches the number of removals in the fiscal year 2019 under Donald Trump, countering claims that the administration is not upholding immigration laws.

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House Republicans’ Criticisms and Funding Threats

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House Republicans have been consistently critical of the Biden administration’s immigration policies, particularly regarding border security.

Withholding Funding For Ukraine

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They have also raised the possibility of withholding funding for Ukraine until a resolution on border-related issues is reached.

Republicans Accused of Political Maneuvering

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Jayapal accused Republicans of using immigration policies as a political talking point and diverting attention from their lack of accomplishments. She asserted that they were attempting to scapegoat immigrants by discussing undocumented immigrants’ use of social services.

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Immigrants’ Eligibility for Federal Benefits

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The congresswoman clarified that, according to U.S. laws, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for the majority of federal benefits.

Contesting Immigrants As a Drain on the Economy

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She also contested the claim that immigrants drain the economy, emphasizing the need for a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of their economic impact.

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