Republican lawmakers in Congress, according to Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, are pushing a “racist” immigration agenda.
Bush asserted that she was present to testify “in opposition to any racial agenda advanced by Republicans” during the first Judiciary Committee meeting on illegal crossings at the southern border. She also bemoaned the first month of Republican rule of the House of Representatives.
She asserted that the Speaker’s gavel was sold to “a group of pro-coup members of Congress” who had let “insurrectionists” and “someone who cheated his way into Congress” to sit on committees in light of the 15 votes required to install Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House.
The session she was attending, which was intended to look at border security, national security, and also how fentanyl has affected American lives, according to Bush, was created to “magnify the anti-immigrant frenzy and right-wing conspiracy theories.”
“The Republican stance on immigration is to treat those who are escaping hardship and persecution with the worst harshness. Democrats must acknowledge this fact and reject participation,” according to Bush.
The Democrat further stated that “These illegal and immoral tactics deny the right to refuge while neglecting to address any of the underlying structural flaws of our immigration system” in opposition to the administration’s extension of title 42.
Bush argued that Republicans were to blame for the border situation near the end of her speech:
“Republicans want to discuss Biden’s border crisis, but the truth is that our immigration system is broken because Republicans want it that way. By holding these hearings, they can hide the fact that they have no affirmative policy agenda that actually benefits people, and they can spread lies about how immigrants are integrating across the border while abusing victims and refusing to back investments in public health and substance abuse programs so they can vent their rage. The memory will not be kind to such politicians.”
Republicans, including the hearing’s chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and others, chose to ignore the allegations of bigotry made by Dems. and instead accused them of opening the border carelessly, enabling an unlimited stream of narcotics and illegal immigrants to pass it.