The Senate’s release of the long-awaited “Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024” has ignited a fierce debate, with House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) leading the charge against what he views as a perilous compromise for Republican lawmakers. Green asserts that the bill, intended to address Biden’s border issues, will be exploited by criminal cartels, illegal aliens, and what he deems as the “lawless” approach of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Green, a vocal critic of Mayorkas, insists that any border deal must eliminate the “perverse incentives” created by Democrats, who, according to Green, has pursued an unlawful agenda of mass catch-and-release and a failure to remove those without lawful basis to remain in the country. The House Homeland Security Chairman, who has spearheaded a year-long investigation into Mayorkas, recently saw articles of impeachment referred to the House, accusing the Secretary of neglecting immigration law enforcement.
Green contends that President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas possess the necessary tools to secure the border but have intentionally chosen not to do so. He alleges that they have taken steps to reverse successful border policies implemented during the Trump administration, contributing to what Green calls a “historic border crisis.”
Green pledged to vehemently oppose any deal that surrenders to the perceived inevitability of illegal immigration, emphasizing the need for an administration that prioritizes the enforcement of the law. He argues that bipartisan majorities in Congress have already granted the executive branch the authority required to secure the border, and additional concessions would only serve to be exploited by criminal cartels and, in his words, “lawless officials” like Secretary Mayorkas.
The Senate bill, marketed as the “Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024,” has raised eyebrows for its 370-page content, released just days before the scheduled vote. The accompanying multi-billion-dollar appropriations bill aims to fund resources for registering, releasing, transporting, and housing migrants across American cities and communities. Democrats are positioning the bill as a solution to President Biden’s declining poll numbers.
However, the controversy deepens as reports suggest that the bill’s provisions may permit up to 8,500 migrants to cross the border in a single day without triggering an emergency declaration. Despite earlier assurances from Senator James Lankford (R-OK) dismissing claims of allowing 5,000 or more migrants per day as “absolutely absurd,” the bill’s text appears to contradict those promises.