Members of the Republican Study Committee’s Steering Committee voted in favor of a future House package that included new border security policies this week. The House package includes a range of changes as it would block the “catch-and-release” policies and would also automatically expel all migrants who had illegally entered the country.
The RSC Steering Committee, which has 18 GOP leaders in their press release wrote about how every day the administration had failed in securing the border. They further noted that this was why the situation at the southern border regarding both “national security and humanitarian calamity” has worsened.
In a statement released by RSC Chairman Rep. Kevin Henn, he notes that ever since Biden became the President there had been more than 4 million apprehensions across the southwestern border. As he noted there has also been a large increase in the number of drug-related deaths, with them rising above 2021 for the “first time in American history.”
The policies included in the package would help with restoring operational control of the border, reforming asylum procedures, putting a stop to incentives for illegal immigration, and working to combat cartels.
The statement by the RSC came only one day after U.S. Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz, while speaking at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in McAllen, Texas, disclosed that the DHS did not have operational control over the border after being questioned about it by Chairman Mark Green. Previously Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had claimed that they did have operational control which is what led to Green’s question.