President Joe Biden was fully expected to reverse many of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but the plan that Biden revealed as he officially took office is so extreme that it’s already hitting roadblocks long before it makes its way through Congress.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden’s immigration bill proposal, which would offer a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, will show up to the Senate “dead on arrival,” according to Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
“The bill that Joe Biden sent last week I think will be dead on arrival. It’s far to the left of any immigration bill that Congress has considered,” Cotton said over the weekend during a Fox News interview.
At the crux of the Biden immigration plan is a set of criteria that would pave the way for U.S. citizenship who made it to America by January 1, 2021. After applying and meeting some eligibility requirements, those illegal immigrants could gain temporary legal status after five years. Three years later, assuming the requirements were met, those same illegals could then apply for U.S. citizenship.
Cotton was just one Republican who pushed back on the idea while citing that an influx of 11 million new citizens would cause a massive disruption to the U.S. labor market, saying it “would flood the labor markets with millions of unskilled migrants whether they’re here presently as illegal aliens or they’re rushing to the border now.”
The Arkansas senator went on to slam Biden’s decision to kill the border wall construction project, which Cotton says does nothing but send a clear message to illegal immigrants that pouring across the U.S. border is perfectly acceptable now that Trump is out of office.
“You already see some caravans coming through Central America. I suspect they’re going to get much larger very soon,” Cotton added.
According to NPR, there are already caravans comprised of thousands of Guatemalan refugees who are currently trekking through Mexico with the intention of securing asylum at the southern United States border.