On Monday the White House announced that President Biden would veto a Republican border security bill even if it successfully managed to pass through Congress. In the announcement, they state that they encourage Congress to take steps in order to handle the immigration crisis and problems at the U.S. border, but the bill that is currently being examined would only help make problems worse. They further add that this bill goes fundamentally against the “Nation’s core values and international obligations.”
The bill is sponsored by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Tom McClintock, R.-Calif., call for renewed efforts for the border wall to be constructed. Apart from the wall, it also focuses on the need for more patrol agents and proposes financial incentives for agents to do their job. Finally, they are calling for an end to catch and release policies and other policies that are meant to help manage the mass migration at the U.S.-Mexico border better.
The Biden administration currently anticipates a large increase in the levels of immigration following the expiration of Title 42. The public health order previously allowed the faster expulsion of immigrants in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. The president has announced that 1,500 active troops were going to be sent to the border to help assist with the surge in migrants.
The White House further pointed out that the administration’s stance on border management included expanding the legal pathways to entry to the U.S. while increasing the consequences for those who chose to enter the country illegally. However, the bill that the GOP is proposing is not going to help deal with the main causes of migration and would restrict legal pathways to entry.