Upton, House Republicans Call on Biden Administration to Secure Southern Border
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Friday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, helped introduce a resolution led by U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) calling on the Biden Administration to fully enforce our nation’s immigration laws and support the brave men and women of our border patrol amid the worsening humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border. Upton is an original cosponsor of the resolution.
“We face a serious crisis at our Southern Border, and regrettably, policies implemented by the current Administration are only making matters worse.” said Rep. Upton. “It’s past time we set aside partisan politics, face the facts, and work together to pass real immigration reform, secure our border, enforce our existing laws, and provide our border patrol agents with the resources they need to do their jobs. Inaction is no longer an option.”
More specifically, this resolution urges the Biden Administration to reinstate the effective “Remain in Mexico” policy, which requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are being processed in the United States; deny access to migrants who test positive for COVID-19; and commit additional resources for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE).
Upton has long advocated for bipartisan immigration reform and efforts to fully secure our border. Earlier this year, he voted for and the U.S. House of Representatives passed with wide, bipartisan support the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would provide agricultural workers the opportunity to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment, improve the H-2A visa program, and establish a mandatory E-Verify for the agriculture industry. In March, he also joined several of his Republican colleagues in unveiling a commonsense, workable immigration proposal that would fund the border wall, support farmers and farm laborers, reform the U.S. asylum system, and increase the number of immigration judges to more seamlessly and efficiently process outstanding claims.
Over the years, Upton has worked diligently with his Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) colleagues to introduce real solutions and find common ground on border security measures and immigration policy at large. In 2019, he traveled to the Texas-Mexico border with the PSC to witness the crisis firsthand, hear directly from border patrol agents about the challenges they face, and redouble congressional efforts to strengthen the border. That same year, Upton supported $25 billion over five years to continue construction on the border wall as part of a larger immigration package.
To date, more than 1.3 million undocumented immigrants have crossed – and been apprehended – at our Southern Border; a number that is projected to rise through the end of the year and into 2022.