Regulatory policy

Sen. Cramer and colleagues introduce resolution to repeal Biden administration policy upending asylum process

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) in presenting a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA ) to dissolve a rule proposed by the Biden administration that would illegally upend the process by which the U.S. government grants asylum claims.

The rule, “Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Review of Asylum, Withholding of Removal and CAT Protection Requests by Asylum Officers,” would exacerbate the crisis at the southern border. west and encourage fraudulent asylum claims by allowing illegal border commuters seeking asylum to have their asylum claims approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials, and not by immigration judges, and not to be detained while their application is pending.

“The incompetence of the Biden administration in handling the crisis it created itself on the southern border is staggering. This new asylum rule will exacerbate the border crisis and endanger legal American citizens across the country. Border security must be a top priority for the Biden administration, but instead they insist on opening the southern border to anyone who wants to cross. Our resolution puts in place necessary and timely checks on the executive branch and protects against future waves of migrants illegally entering the United States,” said Senator Cramer.

“The Biden administration is sending a clear message: our borders are open, you won’t be detained, and you won’t have to see a judge to stay here. At a time when we surpassed 2 million illegal southern border crossings last year and are on track for even more this year, the proposed rule will only lead to more illegal migration for a system immigration already overwhelmed. We strongly oppose the Biden administration’s reckless attempt to unconstitutionally rewrite America’s asylum laws. Changes proposed by the administration cannot come from unelected bureaucrats, but rather from Congress. I thank my colleagues for joining this effort,” said Senator Johnson.

“Instead of enacting new rules, the Biden administration should end its illegal catch and release policies and enforce the law. Open-border fanatics within the administration are radically overhauling our immigration system under the pretext of bolstering humanitarian protections. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This proposed rule weakens the integrity of our asylum system and will facilitate mass incursions by illegal aliens. Rather than focusing on freeing aliens as quickly as possible, the Biden administration should reapply the policies of the Trump administration that secured our border,” said Congressman Biggs.

Senators Cramer and Johnson and Rep. Biggs are joined by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R -AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA ), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and other House Republicans.

The ARC can be used by Congress to overrule certain federal agency regulations and actions through a joint resolution of disapproval. If a joint ARC resolution of disapproval is approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, or if Congress successfully overrides a Presidential veto, the rule in question is invalidated.

Click here for the resolution.