senate resolution no.98

Senators Bellino, Nesbitt, Bumstead, Lauwers, Theis, Damoose, Outman, Johnson, Hauck, Hoitenga, Huizenga, McBroom, Albert, Webber, Daley, Lindsey and Victory offered the following resolution:

A resolution to denounce the open-borders policies of the Biden Administration, condemn the resulting national security and public safety crisis, and urge the President to end his Administration’s open-borders policies.

Whereas, The United States is facing a terrible border security crisis. In each month since February 2021, the first full month of the Biden Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has had more than 100,000 encounters with illegal immigrants along the southwest border, with that number topping 300,000 in December 2023 alone. The total number of encounters with illegal aliens along the southwest border during the first three years of the Biden Administration exceeds 7 million. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has released over 3.1 million illegal aliens into the interior of the United States. In addition, during the Biden Administration, more than 1.7 million known illegal alien “gotaways” have successfully evaded U.S. Border Patrol, with an untold number of unknown “gotaways” who evaded detection along the southwest border; and

Whereas, The rate at which known and suspected terrorists are being encountered along the southwest border has drastically increased from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration. From October 2020 to January 2024, U.S. Border Patrol encountered 331 aliens on the Terrorist Screening Dataset between ports of entry along the southern border. This is an increase of over 2,900 percent compared to the number of such aliens encountered between October 2016 and September 2020; and

Whereas, The Biden Administration created the illegal alien crisis at the southwest border by terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols, halting border wall construction for years, abusing parole authority, mass releasing millions of illegal aliens into the country, and implementing policies that incentivize illegal immigration, among other actions. Further, the Biden Administration has systematically dismantled immigration enforcement and restricted the ability of immigration officials to deport aliens who violate United States law, ensuring relatively few aliens, including criminal aliens, are removed from the country. The Biden Administration’s lax immigration enforcement policies have allowed fentanyl to saturate our nation and kill Americans. This extreme border crisis has made every state a border state; and

Whereas, The Biden Administration refuses to use tools already at its disposal to end the border crisis. The Administration’s proposed solution to the border problem—legislation to grant amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens—will do nothing but incentivize additional illegal immigration; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we denounce the Biden Administration’s open-borders policies; and be it further

Resolved, That we condemn the national security and public safety crisis that President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and other Biden Administration officials have created along the southwest border; and be it further

Resolved, That we urge the President to end his Administration’s open-borders policies.