UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Monday, February 15, 2021
In an interview on Sunday, Texas Republican Party Chairman Lt. Col. Allen West called Joe Biden’s immigration plans an “imminent danger” to the Lone Star State.
Each and every generation of immigrants has made our nation stronger — our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Today, I’ll take action to rebuild and strengthen our immigration system.
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This came just days after Biden announced he was looking to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Under the policy, immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are to wait in Mexico for their court appearance. However, Biden’s plan to lift this would release roughly 25,000 immigrants into the U.S. by reinstating the “catch and release” standard.
This also followed recent reports that the DHS was looking into releasing thousands of immigrants into Texas.
“Well I think the reaction should be from state of Texas is say no. We find these individuals and we make sure that they are deported out of the state of Texas,” Allen stated. “Or, let’s take them to California, lets take them to New York, let’s take them to Illinois, let’s take them to one of those blue states that firmly believe in open borders and legal immigration. We don’t believe that here in Texas.”
Allen cited the Constitution, saying the state of Texas has every right to take a stand against what he called “open border policies.”