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McCarthy seeks Biden meeting after ‘alarming’ border numbers, warns against 'mass amnesty' push

McCarthy seeks Biden meeting after ‘alarming’ border numbers, warns against 'mass amnesty' push

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FIRST ON FOXIn the aftermath of border statistics that showed 192,000 migrants in September, Kevin McCarthy (House Republican Leader) is asking for a meeting between President Biden.

In a Saturday letter, McCarthy addressed Biden to express his deep concern regarding the crisis at our southern border. Fox News obtained it.

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McCarthy wrote to Biden following new data from Custom and Border Protection (CBP), which showed that September saw a slightly lower number of migrants than the more-than 200,000 seen in July and August.

The number of encounters exceeded 1.7 million in Fiscal Year 2020, a new record. Republicans raised alarm not just over the numbers but also about fears of terror watch list suspects getting through Border Patrol agents overwhelmed.

McCarthy declared that the statistics were alarming. Since you assumed office, the CBP has detained more than 1.4million illegally crossing Borders. The total encounters for this fiscal year are at an all-time high. It is clear that there is an unprecedented crisis. I will work closely with you to resolve it.

Although the Biden administration acknowledged the difficulty, it has not called the current situation a crisis. It blames the Trump administration for the sudden surge in asylum applications. The Biden administration has also focused its attention on the “root causes”, such as poverty and violence in Central America. 

Republicans, on the other hand, pointed out the repeal of Trump’s policies, such as the border wall and Migrant Protection Protocols. These were designed to keep migrants in Mexico while waiting for their hearings.

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GOP legislators also cited efforts made by Congress Democrats to include either citizenship pathways or legal status for illegal immigrants in their proposed budget reconciliation bill.

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These efforts were thwarted by the Senate Parliamentarian. However, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) this week proposed a Plan C that uses parole to give legal status to eight million illegal immigrants.

MENENDEZ OUTLINES PLAN C AMNESTY PUSH TO MILLIONS ILLEGAL ILLIGRANTS IN DEM CONCILIATION BILL 

While it is unlikely that any illegal immigrants would accept such proposals, Republicans believe they could be a draw factor for migrants.

On Saturday, McCarthy warned Biden against including such provisions in the bill. The bill would be passed without the support of the Republican Party. 

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“As Republican Leader of the House of Representatives I object to any mass-amnesty provisions in the reconciliation bill currently being considered among members of your political party.” he stated. By passing the amnesty law and other federal benefits to illegal immigrants, you will incentivize even greater illegal migration. This would only make the border crisis worse. 

 McCarthy concluded his letter by stating that the border crisis “transcends party lines” and will “require us working together to solve it.” 

He said, “It begins with recognition of the crisis” and “a willingness to resolve it.”

Griff Jenkins from Fox News contributed to this article.

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