COLLINS: Dems ‘Make the Crisis Worse’ at Border with Partisan Amnesty Effort

‘Speaker Pelosi has chosen to spend the House’s time on H.R. 6, an expensive, partisan show vote…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Instead of focusing on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is working on legislation to provide permanent protections and citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The American Dream and Promise Act, known as H.R. 6, would give amnesty to nearly 2 million illegal immigrants, including the so-called Dreamers—young immigrants brought into the country illegally when they were children, who have been eligible for special status under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policies.

If it passed, the House Democrats’ new amnesty program would cost the federal government more than $34 billion.

House Republicans have slammed the bill as a waste of time since it doesn’t address the ongoing crisis at the border.

President Donald Trump previously offered to negotiate with the Democrats on a short-term amnesty deal if they would provide funding for a border wall during the January government shutdown. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others scoffed at the offer.

Senate Democrats even acknowledged the seriousness of the border crisis during a hearing last month, but tried to deny that illegal immigration has played a role in it.

Instead of helping Republicans find a solution, Democrats have blamed the crisis on the Trump administration.

“The administration is threatening to make the problem worse, not better, by building a wall and limiting asylum,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said during the hearing.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats should focus on stemming the tide of immigration and asylum seekers first.

“This immigration crisis is real, and the crisis is substantial,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins said Congress could “greatly reduce the flood of migrants” by passing legislation to address the Flores settlement agreement—which allows the release of underage detainees after 20 days or less—as well as amending the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and raising the credible fear standard.

Although the laws were put in place as well-intended safeguards for those who sought asylum in good faith, loopholes in the current legislation have increasingly been exploited by open-borders advocacy groups that coach immigrants to claim asylum and deliberately overtax the system.

Collins said the Democrats’ proposal didn’t do anything to address the current border crisis.

“H.R. 6 will actually make the crisis worse by incentivizing more people to cross illegally in hopes of benefiting from Democrats’ mass-legalization schemes,” he said.

According to the House Judiciary Committee, border officials have apprehended more than 4,500 people a day over the last month.

“If Democrats were serious about immigration, they would do something about the humanitarian and national security crisis along our southern border,” House Republicans said in a statement, “but Speaker Pelosi has chosen to spend the House’s time on H.R. 6, an expensive, partisan show vote.”