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Rick Scott Fails to Get Quick Passage of Upholding the Law at Our Border Act

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This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., tried to get his proposal to “require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld” through the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent but the Democratic majority in the chamber blocked his efforts.

Scott introduced the “Upholding the Law at Our Border Act” two weeks ago with fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Rob Portman of Ohio, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Lee of Utah on board as co-sponsors.

“Thanks to the Biden administration’s open border and amnesty policies, there have been nearly 1.7 million apprehensions at our southern border just this year, with virtually zero immigrant vetting process being enforced – he’s just laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs and crime to our communities, and blatantly ignoring U.S. laws and policies that are designed to keep America safe. Under the incompetent reign of Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, we have no idea how many illegal aliens have been released into our nation, we have no idea how many have been resettled and we have no idea where they are in our own country. The administration is either intentionally keeping local law enforcement and communities in the dark, or willfully breaking U.S. laws by letting unvetted immigrants roam freely across America. We can’t allow them to continue recklessly ignoring U.S. law and putting families at risk,” Scott said when he introduced the proposal.

“My bill, the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act, requires an immediate investigation to ensure the proper vetting and processing of anyone that comes into our country, and holds the administration accountable for its basic duty of upholding U.S. laws,” Scott added.

“The Biden administration’s border crisis is continuing to set monthly records for the largest numbers of unlawful migrants crossing our border as well as allowing unprecedented amounts of deadly narcotics entering our communities. The influx has overwhelmed our Customs and Border Protection officers and agents and Congress needs to know what effect this is having on our national security as well as the enforcement of our laws. This bill will require an Inspector General investigation independent of DHS to tell Congress and the American people the facts about what is happening at the border, the impact to our nation’s security, and what laws are not being enforced as this border crisis of the administration’s own doing continues,” said Portman.

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The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Scott asked the Senate to pass the measure this week but failed to get it through. Speaking about the bill, Scott referenced a recent trip to the border in Arizona.

“Just in the short time I was with our brave law enforcement and border patrol agents in Yuma last week, we watched dozens of migrants illegally enter the United States through massive gaps in the border wall – gaps that could easily be filled with the piles and piles of fencing sitting and rotting away at Joe Biden’s direction. And we know drugs, like deadly fentanyl, are pouring across the border too. It makes me furious to see this administration so recklessly ignore the law and its duty to protect our borders. My bill, the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act, is a simple piece of legislation that would find out if the Department of Homeland Security is following the laws of this nation. Of course, Senate Democrats blocked it. It has become crystal clear that under the Biden administration, Senate Democrats have no interest in solving problems, they only know how to cover for Biden’s massive failures. I want to ask my Democrat colleagues: how do you explain Biden’s open border policies to the parents and families of the 100,000 lives lost in drug overdoses this year? How do you explain the Biden administration’s decision to leave our borders open, putting our brave border patrol agents, American families and our communities at risk from the savage cartels? The American people deserve better than this and I’ll never stop fighting to secure the border,” Scott said.

So far, there is no companion measure in the U.S. House.


  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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