House Republicans Having Border Bill Troubles

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( – House Republicans might have managed to win the majority during the 2022 midterm elections, but their journey to passing a border bill that could enable the Homeland Security Secretary to turn migrants away after they reach the border is not proceeding with the speed that the GOP might have liked.

The bill is currently being opposed by a number of moderate House Republicans.

The delay in the passing of this bill further highlights the problems faced by the GOP now that they hold such a narrow majority.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in December released a list of 12 bills and resolutions that the Republicans were planning on passing within the first two weeks of the new Congress. The Border Safety and Security Act was one of those, which meant that it would go straight to the House floor without having to go through a committee first. This would fast track the process as committees were still in the process of being organized.

If the border bill passes, it will enable the Homeland Security secretary to send migrants away in order to have “operational control” of the border. Republicans have frequently criticized Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for not being able to keep up with the legal standard of “operational control” at the border by stopping migrants and contraband from entering the country illegally.

The Border Safety and Security Act refers to the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which defines operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States,” including terrorists, illegal immigrants, narcotics, and contraband.

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