Democratic lawmakers are outraged over President Joe Biden’s possible plans to bring back detention of migrant families.
Several Democrats said that Biden’s reported consideration of a policy to bring back the detention of migrant families goes against their values and that the White House hasn’t offered sufficient communication about such decisions, according to Axios. The potential plan would mean that the Biden reversing course on campaign-era calls to end migrant family detention.
“The lack of communication on immigration-related policy decisions is an insult,” Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez told Axios. “It would be like making civil rights legislative ideas and thoughts without checking with the Congressional Black Caucus.”
The Biden administration thus far has largely released migrant families shortly after they cross the southern border and utilized electronic monitors to track them, according to The New York Times.
No final decision has been made, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday.
Democratic Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva described the potential policy decision as “callous and inhumane.”
Democratic Florida Rep. Maxwell Frost was “disgusted and disappointed” over the Biden administration’s consideration of such a plan, he told Axios.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas held a phone call with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Tuesday in an attempt to address Democrats’ concerns over the potential policy implementation, according to Axios. However, after the meeting, Democratic Illinois Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said “We haven’t resolved anything,” according to Axios.
The potential change comes amid a surge in illegal migration at the southern border, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 2.3 million migrants in fiscal year 2022 and already more than 870,000 between October 2021 and January 2023.
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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