Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina last week introduced the bill “Donument Act”, aimed at making the U.S.-Mexico border wall built by former President Donald Trump a “national monument.”
According to Rep. Cawthorn’s statement, the bill would effectively defend the southern border wall from any future executive orders from President Joe Biden or anybody else from destroying it.
I am proud to announce that I dropped the “Donument” Act on the House floor last week.
This bill would protect the southern border wall built by President Trump by creating a “Southern Border Wall National Monument.”
This is the first step towards finishing the wall. pic.twitter.com/S2e3Vo2gI7
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) April 13, 2021
While the bill is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled House, it could serve to rouse the support of the many Republicans in Congress. They are ardent Trump supporters and act as a springboard for Republican attacks on the Biden administration’s immigration policy.
The Republican Party is blaming President Biden for the new surge of refugees at the southern border, many of whom are unaccompanied minors being held in deplorable conditions indefinitely during an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), the ranking member of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), the ranking member on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last month alerting him to the risk that refugees are causing damage to public lands.
Donument Act, or H.R. 2390, is a bill in honor of Trump.
“Think ‘Donald’ + ‘Monument,'” explained a spokesperson for Rep. Cawthorn. “Donald” refers to the first name of former President Trump.
Cawthorn, a conservative firebrand, is a first-term Republican from the 11th Congressional District in western North Carolina. The 25-year-old lawmaker has succeeded in raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign in the first three months of 2021, according to The Mountaineer in Waynesville.
Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper said that raising that much money this early in the campaign is unprecedented.
Rep. Cawthorn’s “Donument Act” comes after introducing another bill on April 1 which aimed at halting some of Biden’s executive orders, including repealing the proclamation that terminated Trump’s emergency declaration authorizing border wall construction.
“NC-11 suffers when the interests of illegal immigrants are placed above the interests of American citizens. Rep. Cawthorn pledges to work to end the Biden Administration’s policy of ‘Americans last, immigrants first,” Cawthorn’s office said in a statement on April 1.
Today I introduced a bill to terminate certain executive actions by the Biden Admin.
This bill is designed to revoke harmful policies enacted by the Biden Admin which resulted in the #BidensBorderCrisis.
This bill revokes EO 13986, EO 13993, and Presidential Proclamation 10142. pic.twitter.com/RQzboHQP4p
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) April 2, 2021
The bill “Donument Act” would designate 289,920 acres in the area along and around the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas as a national monument. Administrative oversight of the monument will be granted to the Bureau of Land Management.
Under the Trump presidency,450 miles of border wall were built, replaced, or reinforced.
The Washington Times reported earlier this month that the Biden administration has said they may restore some limited construction to fill in some of the existing wall’s “gaps.”
Democrats have consistently protested that the wall is needless and xenophobic, and Biden’s first move was to stop its construction and freeze the use of billions of dollars that had been earmarked for its completion.
Customs and Border Protection data shows that the number of encounters with migrants along the southwest border has increased dramatically since Biden took office. Cawthorn accused Biden of making executive decisions that have resulted in skyrocketing illegal immigration rates and drug trafficking, reports Western Journal.