Republicans Seek Easier Deportation Process

Republicans in Congress announced a plan to ease the deportation of illegal immigrants should former President Donald Trump win another term in office in November. The stated goals were made following the highest level of illegal immigration in the nation’s history last year, especially after a significant rule change by the White House.

A bill submitted by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) intendeds to cause the White House to use the existing detainment capacity of the country as part of border enforcement.

The Reshape Alternatives to Detention (ATD) seeks to prevent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using the existing immigration system in social services for migrants.

The White House would have to use all existing detention space, then once filled the DHS would monitor migrants with GPS units, as compared to the more lax approach by the Biden administration today.

“The Biden Administration has allowed a tidal wave of illegal aliens to come across our southern border, which has created an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis,” said Hagerty.

“Joe Biden purposely and systematically broke our immigration system by executive action,” said Donalds. He cited the more than ten million illegal immigrants in the country now. More than seven million are estimated to have entered the country since President Joe Biden took office in 2021.

“These people should be held in detention facilities upon entering the United States, however, because Joe Biden has dismantled ICE’s ATD program, they are all-too-often released into our country’s interior and subsequently lost,” said Donalds.

“This is why it’s critical that we utilize biometrics and GPS technology to ensure that law enforcement can pinpoint the exact location of illegal aliens prior to deportation,” he added.

The Biden administration announced the end of the Title 42 asylum policy last year, which was started by the Trump White House. The decision contributed to a sharp increase in illegal immigration to the country, which peaked last year.

2023 saw the highest level of attempted illegal crossings into the country in the nation’s history at more than three million. This also included the highest monthly record in December 2023 at more than 300,000, the first time that the figure had been exceeded.