New York Times: “Mr. Frank, a QAnon influencer whose Facebook page in recent months has shown him pictured with such conservative celebrities as Donald J. Trump Jr., Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, has fashioned his team into a new style of border enforcers, motivated not so much by halting immigration as by guarding the country from other perceived threats — in this case, an unfounded conspiracy theory that migrant children are being funneled into pedophilia rings.”
A new AP-NORC poll finds about 1 in 3 U.S. adults believes an effort is underway to replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains.
“About 3 in 10 also worry that more immigration is causing native-born Americans to lose their economic, political and cultural influence… Republicans are more likely than Democrats to fear a loss of influence because of immigration, 36% to 27%.”
The U.S. is experiencing a labor shortage that’s partly fueled by a drop-off in immigration, which ground to a halt during the pandemic, the AP reports.
By some estimates, the U.S. now has 2 million fewer immigrants than it would have if the pace had stayed the same.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “has discussed enforcing greater state authority over control of the border, allowing state police to arrest and deport migrants, powers that usually lie with federal agencies,” the Times of London reports.
“To do this, Abbott could declare the migrant crisis an invasion in accordance with an article in the US Constitution which says that individual states cannot engage in war unless they are ‘actually invaded.’”
New York Times: “Republican leaders and candidates are increasingly claiming without basis that unauthorized immigrants are gaining access to the ballot box.”
“Voter fraud is exceptionally rare, and allegations that widespread numbers of undocumented immigrants are voting have been repeatedly discredited. Yet that fabricated message — capitalizing on a concocted threat to advance Mr. Trump’s broader lie of stolen elections — is now finding receptive audiences in more than a dozen states across the country, including several far from the U.S.-Mexico border.”
“A bipartisan group of senators will meet Thursday to discuss options for passing immigration legislation this year,” Bloomberg reports.
“Senators started revisiting long-fraught bipartisan immigration talks this year after Democrats in the chamber failed to take up a House-passed partisan tax and social spending bill that included temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants and measures to streamline legal immigration processing. The Senate is currently split 50-50 between the parties, meaning at least 10 Republicans must support action to move it through regular order.”
“Thursday’s meeting will mark the most concrete step senators have taken to map out legislative action on immigration this year.”
“A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a temporary restraining order against the Biden administration forbidding it from moving ahead with its plan to end Title 42, the controversial pandemic-era border policy,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The Biden administration had been on track to end the policy on May 23, a decision that has come under intense criticism from Republicans and some vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year.”
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t happy with the Biden administration’s handling of Title 42, the pandemic era policy that limited immigration through the U.S.-Mexico border,” Punchbowl News reports.
“House Democratic leaders worry that if reinstating Title 42 came up for a vote as part of a Ukraine aid package, Democrats wouldn’t have the votes to defeat it. Several top House Democrats vented about the administration’s handling of Title 42 during last night’s closed-door leadership meeting.“
“This, of course, would be a huge embarrassment for the Biden administration. The CDC has decision-making authority on invoking Title 42, but the White House pays the political price for this situation.”
“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned that impeachment could be on the table for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a trip to the southern border with other GOP lawmakers,” The Hill reports.
Said McCarthy: “This is his moment in time to do his job. But at any time if someone is derelict in their job, there is always the option of impeaching somebody.”
Axios: “For the first year of President Biden’s term, it was mostly the hard right of the GOP who entertained impeaching the president and his Cabinet secretaries. But those deliberations are now happening among a much larger group — even with virtually no precedent or legal justification.”
“The White House had started preparing a more aggressive defense around its plan for lifting the Trump-era deportation policy known as Title 42, when a federal judge issued a Monday decision that likely changes the Biden administration’s plans for a full-court press,” Politico reports.
“When Congress returns this week, a pandemic-era immigration policy could complicate efforts to pass further coronavirus relief legislation and possibly another Ukraine aid measure if centrist Democrats side with Republicans in opposing the Biden administration’s repeal of the border rules,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Republicans are trying to amend a $10 billion coronavirus relief bill that is being considered in the Senate to reinstate the border policy. They are hoping enough Democrats will join them.”
“A request for additional aid to Ukraine could also become tied up if Democratic leaders decide to move that measure along with the Covid-19 aid package. President Biden said last week the administration would send a supplemental budget request for weapons and ammunition.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “increasing inspections of commercial trucks entering from Mexico in the hopes of staunching illegal smuggling activity resulted in zero migrants detentions or illegal drug seizures, despite allegedly costing the Lone Star State billions of dollars,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is set to lead a group of fellow Republican lawmakers to the southern border in Texas on Monday, amid debate over the Biden administration’s decision to end a Trump-era pandemic restriction on the US-Mexico border,” CNN reports.
“Facing a growing rebellion from within the Democratic Party, the White House is standing behind its decision to end on May 23 a Trump-era deportation policy for migrants encountered at the southern border,” Politico reports.
That decision to end the use of the public health order known as Title 42 has placed President Joe Biden in a political bind. The president is attempting to balance his long-standing promise to revoke the policy — which, under the banner of fighting the Covid pandemic, justified the immediate expulsion of migrants without due process — right as Republicans weaponize immigration before the midterms and as a growing number of Democratic senators want restrictions to remain in place for fear that the administration is not prepared for a summer surge of migrants to the border.
Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) warned the Biden administration of a looming immigration crisis if border agents no longer have a Trump-era tool to expel migrants from the country, Fox News reports.
“Add another high-profile Senate candidate to the long-list of Democrats opposing the Biden administration’s reversal of a pandemic-era border policy: Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan,” Politico reports.
“The frontrunner in the Ohio race’s Democratic primary is not mincing words when it comes to the impending reversal of Title 42, a Trump-era rule limiting migrants at the border.”
“The scuffle over the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42 is already complicating the White House’s request for pandemic relief money — not to mention causing political headaches for Dems writ large. Now it appears that the situation could become even more dire due to looming funding problems at the border,” Politico reports.
NBC News: “According to internal predictions, some operations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection could be completely out of funds by as early as July. Those projections are based on predictions that as many as 14,000 migrants could begin crossing the U.S.-Mexico border per day after Title 42 ends on May 23, nearly doubling last month’s record high number of migrant encounters.”
Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) falsely claimed one billion migrants have been apprehended at the U.S. border in the last six months, Mediaite reports.