The Republican-led House recently voted on a significant issue related to the influx of undocumented migrants currently residing in the United States. This surge is a consequence of President Joe Biden swiftly overturning the immigration and border enforcement policies implemented by former President Donald Trump, which had proven highly effective.
The lawmakers approved a provision (H.R. 5283) that restricts the use of public land for the temporary housing of undocumented migrants during their asylum application process. The bill secured passage with a majority of Republican support, totaling 224–203. While the bill’s fate in the upper chamber appears certain, it is anticipated to face challenges for the GOP.
“It’s dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority, and many Democrats criticized the bill as a messaging tactic for the 2024 elections, where hard-line immigration policies are the cornerstone of the GOP platform,” the outlet reported.
The House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) declared: “The mission of the National Park Service is to conserve the natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of future generations, not bail out the failed border policies of the Biden administration.”
It was further reported:
“The push for the bill comes after the Biden administration granted New York City officials’ request to build temporary housing and facilities for migrant families at Floyd Bennett Field in southeastern Brooklyn.
The bill prohibits this type of action on land under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service.
It also revokes a 2023 lease between the National Park Service and New York City to use portions of the Gateway National Recreation Area to provide housing for migrants.”
This development follows the GOP-led House’s decision on Wednesday to officially authorize an investigation into the potential impeachment of President Joe Biden.
In a party-line vote of 221-212, the Republican-controlled chamber greenlit the investigation, focusing on whether Biden received improper benefits from his 53-year-old son Hunter Biden’s international business dealings. Hunter Biden had previously declined an invitation to testify in closed-door sessions.
The White House has rejected the investigation, labeling it as politically motivated and lacking in evidence. President Biden is preparing for potential electoral challenges, particularly in a speculated rematch with Trump in the 2024 election.
Earlier this week, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans for their actions.
Pelosi then claimed during an interview that Johnson is trying to supply Republican legislators with “a red meat political stunt to distract constituents from their historically unproductive year” by pushing a “baseless impeachment of President Joe Biden.”
“Well, thank you. It is nice to be with you, Alex, especially at this difficult time for our country when we have so many needs that we have to meet so many challenges to democracy in Ukraine and in our own country and that the speaker is going down this path,” Pelosi began.
She added: “He says he has no choice the fact is, he has no respect, no respect for the Constitution of the
United States, no respect for his members, whom he’s asking to vote for an impeachment with no basis.”