Today, Representative Bob Good (VA-05) introduced the No Asylum for Criminals Act. Rep. Good’s timing could not be more critical as the Biden Administration has already begun rolling back important immigration reforms passed in the last four years, all while tens-of-thousands of migrants are currently heading towards the Southern Border.
In November 2020, 70,000 illegal border crossings were logged at the southern border, up 64% from the previous year. President Biden has pledged to unwind most of the previous administration’s immigration policies within his first 100 days. Already, Biden has ended the effective Migrant Protection Protocols (a.k.a Remain in Mexico) and begun a 100 day halt to all deportations. Whenever these and other policies are rolled back, it will precipitate another surge in illegal crossing.
Already, the United States asylum backlog is well over one million asylum cases. This legislation would codify and strengthen Trump Administration reforms to the asylum system by disqualifying criminals from eligibility, Rep. Good’s release stated. The Department of State reported that they expect around 300,000 additional asylum claims through FY21.
The release concluded with a statement from the Representative:
President Joe Biden’s radical promise to grant amnesty to over 11 million illegal aliens is leading to a surge of illegal immigration at the border. Our backlogged asylum system is ill-equipped for regular border crossing numbers, it will only be made worse by the Biden border surge. Prohibiting dangerous criminals from qualifying for asylum will streamline the system for those who need it most. This puts the safety of Americans and those seeking asylum first.
The original cosponsors include:
- Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)
- Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL)
- Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
- Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
- Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
- Rep Tom Rice (R-SC)
- Rep Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX)
- Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
- Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX)
- Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI)
- Rep Glenn Grothman (R-WI)
To read the bill in its entirety, please click here.
For the Congressman's full media release, please click here.
Updated: Thu, Feb 4th 2021 @ 4:40pm EST