A dozen Republican senators are demanding that the Biden administration release an alleged plan to expand and overhaul the immigration system, which they claim is circulating among mainstream media and Democratic politicians but not released to Congress or the general public. The report details policies to be implemented that would make immigrant entry permits even more flexible.
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with eleven other senators, sent the letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting the release of a document that the signatories say contains details of President Biden’s plans to address the current U.S. border crisis.
In the letter, Ernst and her colleagues write, “We write today to request you immediately release a document titled ‘DHS Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System.’ This document, which was first reported in the liberal New York Times, allegedly contains details of President Biden’s plans to use and abuse executive authority to reshape our immigration system in spite of the text of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
The document referenced by the lawmakers refers to a report published by the New York Times on May 31, 2021. The liberal media outlet admits to having accessed the 49-page document, which “lists dozens of initiatives aimed at reopening the country to more immigrants.” It eliminates some of the policies of former President Trump and previous presidents aimed at limiting open-minded immigrant-receiving policies.
As reported by the New York Times, most of the proposals reflected in the document could not be implemented by executive authority. Still, they would require a broader overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, so they would have to be debated in Congress.
The Republicans also expressed discontent about authorities hiding information from both opposition sectors and citizens about policies that may affect the entire country. However, information is shared with media with whom they maintain a close relationship of power ties, as is the New York Times case.
“It is disturbing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would keep this kind of information hidden from Congress and the public, yet share it with the mainstream, liberal media,” the letter asserts. The letter continues, “These proposals have the potential to compromise the integrity of our immigration vetting system at the expense of national security and public safety. The fact this is being withheld from Congress and the American people is particularly troubling given the ongoing crisis at the southern border.”
The letter emphasizes how the crisis at the southern border affects communities across the country, creating an even greater obligation on those responsible for sharing information with the public regarding the scope of the problem and how conflict resolution is planned.
In this regard, he urged the Biden administration to step up and take fundamental steps to secure the border and share the methods that will be used.
The Republican signatories also warned that the measures published in the News York Times are truly worrisome and far from solving the problem; they could exacerbate it by accelerating the flow of migrants into the United States.
Since Biden took office and implemented a series of controversial immigration policies, there has been a historic and exponential increase in illegal immigrants entering the United States, a situation that many Republicans have characterized as a crisis intentionally fueled by the Biden administration.
Democratic officials have disputed that characterization, including Mayorkas. In recent Senate testimony, the latter insisted that the administration “has a strategy to deal with it,” although he did not elaborate on what it would be.