Canada-U.S. border policy, security new target of Republican lawmakers – National

Canada-U.S. border policy, security new target of Republican lawmakers – National

A gaggle of Republicans on Capitol Hill is popping its gaze in direction of Canada because it ramps up political criticism of President Joe Biden’s immigration technique.

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Rep. Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania and Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke are launching a new congressional caucus centered on immigration, crime and nationwide security on the Canada-U.S. border.

The “Northern Border Security Caucus,” to be formally introduced Tuesday, is being billed as bipartisan, though it’s unclear if any of its 28 members are Democrats.

Republicans in Congress are normally much more centered on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place unlawful immigration is one of the Biden administration’s weakest political flanks.

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However that could be altering, due to a gradual enhance within the quantity of “encounters” being reported at or close to the Canadian frontier with folks within the nation illegally.

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From October by January, U.S. Customs and Border Safety recorded 55,736 such encounters, greater than half of the entire quantity from the 2022 fiscal 12 months.

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Caucus members “are involved concerning the elevated human and drug trafficking, together with the lower in Border Patrol brokers and lack of security, alongside the U.S.-Canada border,” Kelly’s workplace mentioned in a information launch.

“Latest information stories, together with information compiled over the previous two years, present a surge in unlawful migrant crossings and drug trafficking throughout the northern border.”

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Home Republicans anticipated to attend Tuesday’s launch embody North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber, Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York, Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain and Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas.

Officers from the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents U.S. Border Patrol brokers, are additionally anticipated to attend Tuesday’s occasion, together with vice-president and Fox Information fixture Hector Garza.

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