From Think Immigration, www.thinkimmigration.org
In this year’s midterm elections, immigration featured prominently in races across the country. With many elections still not decided, the most significant result so far is that Republicans are predicted to win the House thereby gaining the power to set the legislative agenda and conduct oversight over the Biden Administration. Kevin McCarthy, the current House Minority Leader and presumptive Speaker has announced he’ll act on immigration before anything else
. “The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first,” he said noting that he will not advance other immigration reforms until the border is secure. His Republican plan
, the “Commitment to America” defines immigration through the lens of national security and border enforcement, which he characterize
s as “millions of people who are just walking across, people on the terrorist watch list.” In October, McCarthy ruled out
legislation that trades a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with increased border security, the kind of deal that has often been the starting point for negotiations.
An even more fierce immigration restrictionist, Jim Jordan (R-OH), will likely chair the House Judiciary Committee. Jordan has already signaled interest
in conducting impeachment hearings against Homeland Security Secretary Ali Mayorkas, who is himself a Cuban immigrant. Earlier this year, Jordan accused
Mayorkas of supporting illegal immigration: “We have a Secretary of Homeland Security who is intentionally, deliberately, in a premeditated fashion…executing a plan to overwhelm our country with millions and millions of illegal migrants.” In addition to impeachment, Jordan will undoubtedly conduct oversight hearings that will disrupt the Biden Administration’s immigration initiatives.