House GOP Bill Seeks To Restore Congress' Immigration Authority

A House GOP member from Montana who is challenging the settlement of unvetted Afghanistan refugees in his state is spearheading legislation to bring the authority of immigration back to Congress, which he said has been hijacked by the Biden administration.

The Secure America Act was written by Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., is designed to give Congress total authority on raising the yearly refugee limit, give state governors the authority to reject federal refugees, improve vetting protocols before refugees arrive, and prevent the Department of Homeland Security from misusing parole for illegals that seemingly serves a catch-and-release policy that can issue a temporary work permit.

"We have experienced an overwhelming number of unvetted aliens from one hundred and twenty-three nations entering our country with the absence of a proper vetting process," Rosendale wrote in a statement announcing the bill. "That is a recipe for disaster. We need to know if these people are likely to assimilate and contribute to our country. This legislation would put the proper parameters in place to ensure we do just that."

Rosendale previously objected to the forced settlement of Afghanistan refugees, potentially unvetted, in his state last month.

"The Biden administration's botched Afghanistan withdrawal is no excuse for allowing thousands of unvetted alien nationals to pour into our country," Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, wrote in a statement supporting the bill. "It is essential Congress reasserts its authority over our immigration system and proper safeguards are put into place. I'm proud to co-sponsor the Secure Act to do just that."

The bill also has support from the Federation for American Immigration Reform President Dan Stein.

"Rep. Rosendale’s Secure America Act makes desperately needed changes to our broken refugee and parole systems," his statement read. "The Biden administration has made clear that they will use every tool in their arsenal to shield illegal aliens from removal – including blanket parole. Rep. Rosendale's bill would end the misguided use of administrative parole to grant thousands of illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship. FAIR supports this bill as a crucial step needed in the fight to restore integrity to our immigration system."

State jurisdiction deserves a voice in the immigration reform debate, John A. Zadrozny, Director for the Center for Homeland Security and Immigration, America First Policy Institute (AFPI) added.

"The America First Policy Institute supports Rep. Matt Rosendale's efforts to reassert congressional authority over refugee resettlement in the United States, respect state sovereignty in the refugee resettlement process, and require executive branch officials to prioritize the safety and security of American citizens," Zadrozny wrote in a statement.

"America can continue to be at the forefront of humanitarian relief for persecuted populations around the world while also ensuring that Americans are safe at home."

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