U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Kerrville) is introducing legislation that would block illegal aliens from entering the United States in order to achieve “operational control” of the border.

Roy is reintroducing the Border Safety and Security Act, which he originally introduced last year, to help deter the record number of illegal aliens flooding across the southern border. 

The legislation states that the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to suspend the entry of illegal aliens if they are unable to detain them or place them in a program such as the “Remain in Mexico” order (created under former President Donald Trump).

“The only metric for any border policy right now is whether it will stop the flow of illegal migrants. That’s it,” Roy said. “Secretary Mayorkas has been allowing asylum to be the exception that swallows the rules of border security — leading to chaos and crises at our border. Congress needs to step in and require DHS to turn people away if the department can’t abide by our laws and certify that all aliens claiming asylum are being detained for the adjudication of their claims.”

Per Roy’s bill, if the secretary fails to follow the requirements, state attorneys general could then bring legal action against the federal administration. 

The attorney general of a State, or other authorized State officer, alleging a violation of a subsection (b) that affects such State or its residents, may bring an action against the Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of the residents of the State in an appropriate United States district court to obtain appropriate injunctive relief.

Many Republicans are already supporting Texas U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Sherman) in his resolution to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as other legislation that would redirect funds from the United Nations to continuing construction of a border wall. 

“We know the secretary has been lying. We know the secretary’s lied to Congress. He’s lied about the Border Patrol agents allegedly whipping Haitian migrants.” Roy told Fox News. “He should be impeached for failing to carry out his constitutional duty; he’s blatantly disregarding it.”

Concerned citizens can contact their elected officials to register their opinion on how Texas should respond to the crisis. 

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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