WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and five of his Republican colleagues in reintroducing the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act which would require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld. 

“There have been over 4.5 million encounters at the southwest border and over 1.2 million known gotaways dispersed into the United States without proper vetting or processing since President Biden took office two years ago. This legislation will ensure that DHS is transparent about their apprehension procedures and hold the Biden administration accountable for creating the worst border crisis in our nation’s history,” said Sen. Johnson. “Securing our southern border starts with enforcing the law.”

“Thanks to the Biden administration’s open border and amnesty policies, more than 5 million known migrants have illegally crossed the southern border. President Biden is laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs, like fentanyl, and crime to our communities. The administration is either intentionally keeping local law enforcement and communities in the dark, or willfully breaking U.S. laws by letting unvetted immigrants roam freely across America,” said Sen. Scott. “We can’t allow them to continue recklessly ignoring U.S. law and putting families at risk. Our bill, the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act, requires an immediate investigation to ensure the proper vetting and processing of anyone that comes into our country, and holds the administration accountable for its basic duty of upholding U.S. laws. I urge the rest of my colleagues in the senate to support and help quickly pass this good bill.”

Sens. Johnson and Scott are joined on the legislation by Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

The full text of the bill can be found here.

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