This week, House Intelligence Chair Mike Turner (R-OH) criticized President Biden for the recent rise in illegal immigration along the southern border of the United States. Turner said that Biden is “encouraging” this to happen by giving illegal immigrants incentives and sending the message that the border remains open.
Turner said these statements in an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“Well, the Biden administration has been positive, and the way they’ve helped migrants doesn’t really send the message that our borders need to be closed. Have instead pushed for an open border strategy,” Turner said. “You know, this is a threat to political and economic safety. In terms of national security, people on the terrorist watch list have been caught. There is no doubt that fentanyl and other drugs are crossing the border. And when it comes to economic security, the mayor of New York has said it’s hurting his city.”
“So, the Republicans introduced House Bill 2, a bill to protect the border. This bill would not only build physical walls on the border but also change the way we handle refugee cases. At the same time, put additional border agents in place,” Turner said. “And to put that into perspective, the Biden administration only ten days ago gave temporary protective status for 200,000 Venezuelans, which means they can’t be deported and are able to work.”
Turner stated that individuals would be less likely to cross the southern border if Biden closed the border and “stopped encouraging, providing folks incentives to come.”
“They would not be here if we had the proper rules. By giving them these things—the open help, what you are seeing is an invitation for more people to come,” he said. “Therefore, House Bill 2 makes sure that we secure the border and shut it down for migrant immigration. It also changes our refugee rules to give us the legal power to send people back to their home countries.”
Turner stated that the fact that 1.9 million individuals have crossed the border in the past year showed that it was wide open.
“That is more people than live in eastern Ohio, in cities like Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton put together,” he said. “These numbers say everything they need to say. They definitely show that the practices of the government are making people want to cross the border. This must end.”