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Brooks joins letter urging Senate to reject Biden’s ICE, USCIS nominees

The letter urges Senate leadership to reject President Biden’s appointees to lead the immigration agencies.

Congressman Mo Brooks

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, announced on Thursday that he has signed a letter urging Senate leadership to reject Democratic President Joe Biden’s appointees to lead the immigration agencies of the United States government.

Brooks said: “I joined Congressman Andy Biggs and 29 of my colleagues in sending a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Chuck Schumer urging them to reject President Joe Biden’s nominees to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. America can’t afford to empower open-borders radicals who will make the #BidenBorderCrisis worse.”

“In less than five months, the Biden Administration has created the worst border crisis in our history,” Congressman Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, said. “USCIS, CBP, and ICE need leaders who will put America first and enforce the law. The Senate should reject these anti-border security nominees and force President Biden to nominate individuals who are committed to protecting our national security, securing the border, and ending the crisis. The Trump administration proved that it is possible to implement policies to secure our border; the Biden administration must reinstate the policies that were working instead of appeasing open-borders activists.”

“The nominees selected to lead USCIS, CBP, and ICE show just how cavalier President Biden is about ending his ongoing crisis on the southern border,” said Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas. “Each of these candidates has a history of making dangerous policy decisions, ignoring immigration law, and perpetuating the open borders narrative. These agencies are vital to the safety and security of our country, and we deserve for them to be led by people who will honor that responsibility.”

“Since taking office, President Joe Biden has unleashed the worst border crisis in two decades,” the Congress members wrote. “He inherited a border that was more secure than it was four years ago and a set of policies that were effective in preventing illegal immigration. Yet President Biden repealed or modified those policies and created a border crisis. President Biden’s nominees either helped develop the policies that have produced the crisis or have shown an unwillingness to enforce immigration law. They will not enact the changes necessary to end the crisis.”

Brooks et al wrote that in April, “over 178,000 illegal aliens were encountered at the border, representing a 944 percent increase from the prior year.” This followed March, when more than 173,000 illegal border crossers were encountered, and February, when more than 101,000 were encountered.

“President Biden has nominated Ur Jaddou to serve as the Director of USCIS, Chris Magnus to serve as Commissioner of CBP, and Ed Gonzalez to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Director of ICE),” the conservative Congress members wrote. “All three of these nominations should be rejected.”

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Brooks has been a proponent of border security and more controls over immigration.

Brooks will be running for the U.S. Senate next year. Former Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard is also running. Former BCA President and CEO Katie Britt is also believed to be announcing a Senate candidacy soon. Incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, has announced that he is not seeking another term.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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