Alabama GOP Congressional Delegation Unanimously Rejects Senate Border Bill: ‘Falls Short’

Alabama MBS News – All eight Republican members of Alabama’s congressional delegation have expressed their disapproval of the Senate’s border security bill, arguing that it falls short in curbing illegal border crossings.

Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala., emphasized that border security was a key focus of her 2022 campaign and criticized President Biden’s approach to the issue. “At every step along the way, President Biden has made it clear that he doesn’t want to end the border crisis – he wants to enable it,” Britt stated. “I won’t support this supplemental funding bill because it would not effectively halt President Biden from advancing his mass migration agenda.”

The bill allocates $20 billion for border security, alongside $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, dedicating funds to hire additional officers to assess asylum claims, increase the number of Border Patrol agents by hundreds, and assist in curbing the influx of fentanyl.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., said he is an “immovable NO” on the bill.

“I can’t believe this is the ‘border security bill’ that’s been ‘negotiated,’” he said. “This bill DESTROYS American sovereignty. It will weaken immigration laws for decades and handcuff the next President that actually wants to secure our borders and defend our country. This bill has been crafted to solidify the invasion of illegals into the United States of America. I’m an immovable NO.”

Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, declared his opposition to the bill should it reach the House floor, criticizing its priorities. “The Senate ‘border security’ bill mentions Ukraine 370 times. It sends $60 billion in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine and only $20 billion to our southern border. I OPPOSE this legislation. America First!” Moore stated on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, using the hashtag #KilltheBill to emphasize his stance.

Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, criticized the bill as harmful to the nation, labeling it a “poor excuse for a border security bill.” He advocated for the Senate’s support of the House’s version of the legislation aimed at border issues, indicating a preference for an alternative approach to address the situation.

Rep. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, said the legislation “does nothing but reward illegal immigration into the U.S.”

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Rep. Dale Strong, R-Huntsville, said the legislation “will not meaningfully improve our border crisis.”

“After reviewing the 370 pages released by the Senate, I am concerned that the emergency authorities are so riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers that it will not meaningfully improve our border crisis,” he said. “For example, the bill creates a new ‘Border Emergency Authority,’ but only allows the President to use it for under nine months of the year, and only after at least 4,000 illegal aliens cross in a day.

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