US Senator Rick Scott 12/09/2021

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Sen. Rick Scott Will Continue to Hold the Biden Administration Accountable for its Border Crisis

Democrats Block Sen. Rick Scott’s Bill to Hold Biden Accountable for Securing Southern Border

Following a visit to the United States’ southern border in Yuma, Arizona, Senator Rick Scott asked for unanimous consent on the Senate floor to pass his Upholding the Law at Our Border Act. During his visit to the border in Yuma, Senator Scott saw firsthand the impacts of the Biden administration’s reckless and dangerous open border and amnesty policies. In response to this ongoing crisis, Senator Scott’s legislation would require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border to ensure all laws are being upheld. Senate Democrats blocked its passage.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Just in the short time I was with our brave law enforcement and border patrol agents in Yuma last week, we watched dozens of migrants illegally enter the United States through massive gaps in the border wall – gaps that could easily be filled with the piles and piles of fencing sitting and rotting away at Joe Biden’s direction. And we know drugs, like deadly fentanyl, are pouring across the border too. It makes me furious to see this administration so recklessly ignore the law and its duty to protect our borders. My bill, the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act, is a simple piece of legislation that would find out if the Department of Homeland Security is following the laws of this nation. Of course, Senate Democrats blocked it. It has become crystal clear that under the Biden administration, Senate Democrats have no interest in solving problems, they only know how to cover for Biden’s massive failures. I want to ask my Democrat colleagues: how do you explain Biden’s open border policies to the parents and families of the 100,000 lives lost in drug overdoses this year? How do you explain the Biden administration’s decision to leave our borders open, putting our brave border patrol agents, American families and our communities at risk from the savage cartels? The American people deserve better than this and I’ll never stop fighting to secure the border.”

See more in his speech HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott Holds Press Conference on Biden’s Growing Border Crisis in Yuma, Arizona

Following a visit to the southern border, Senator Rick Scott joined local leaders and law enforcement at the Morelos Dam in Yuma, Arizona to discuss the Biden administration’s disastrous open border policies that have resulted in a record-breaking 1.7 million apprehensions of immigrants illegally entering the United States. Senator Scott announced his Upholding the Law at Our Border Act to require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’ve visited the southern border four times since being elected—including two trips to Arizona this year alone. During these trips I’ve come away with two big issues. The first is that our border patrol and local law enforcement here in Arizona and across the entire country are absolutely heroes. Here in Yuma, border patrol is encountering illegal aliens every day, some of which are dangerous criminals or cartel members. While it’s clear they aren’t receiving the respect they deserve from the White House and Democrats in Washington, I am honored to have this opportunity to thank them and be their partner and voice in Congress.

“The second issue is what everyone has seen so clearly this year—Joe Biden’s open border and amnesty policies have been a total disaster for our nation. Biden is simply laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs and crime to our communities, and blatantly ignoring U.S. laws and policies that were intentionally designed to keep America safe. We can’t let this stand any longer. The folks here in Yuma and all across our southern border need help. Our law enforcement needs help. There’s only one place to start—we must SECURE THE BORDER and give these brave men and women every resource they need to keep us safe. Every day that Biden and DHS Secretary Mayorkas fail in that mission, they are failing the American people.”

Read more HERE.

 
Sen. Rick Scott: As Border Crisis Skyrockets, Biden Administration Putting Florida Families in Harm’s Way

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to continue its failed open border policies. Last week, DHS announced plans to once again terminate the secure and safe remain-in-Mexico policies implemented under the Trump administration despite a federal court order requiring the agency to enforce these protocols.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden has spent every day of his presidency pointing fingers and refusing to take responsibility for the crisis he has created at the southern border. Month after month we are seeing illegal crossings at the border skyrocket, overwhelming border patrol, and allowing dangerous cartels to pour drugs into the United States and run horrific human trafficking rings that are victimizing innocent women and children. I heard about these devastating cartel-driven crimes directly from our brave border patrol agents when I visited the southern border in Arizona earlier this year. And we have all seen the heartbreaking images of young children being stranded in the desert and left for dead but for the lifesaving actions of our border patrol and law enforcement on the ground.

“But this isn’t just an issue in Arizona and Texas. Every state is a border state. I have been hearing from sheriffs across Florida about how this crisis is hurting our families. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, there has been over double the amount of fentanyl smuggled across our border compared to all of last year – killing thousands of Americans – and the year isn’t even over. Law enforcement in Florida is seeing more and more dangerous drugs in our communities hurting families because of the savage cartels having free reign at the border. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have taken one failed step after another to dismantle the proven border and national security policy we have set in place to protect this country. It must stop now. It’s time for Biden to ditch his failed policies of open borders and amnesty and secure the border now.” 

 Read more HERE.

 
Sen. Rick Scott to Biden: Stop the Secrecy About Illegal Immigrants & Secure the Border

Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Ted Cruz and his colleagues to discuss President Biden’s failed policies of amnesty and open borders that have fueled a massive humanitarian and national security crisis on the United States’ southern border. Senator Scott continues to demand that President Biden reverse his disastrous policies and inform law enforcement and local governments of where his administration is sending illegal immigrants within the United States and secure the southern border. Under President Biden’s watch, more than 1.2 million migrants have illegally crossed the border this year. Last week, news reports showed the Biden administration is preparing for upwards of 400,000 illegal border crossings in October.

See more in the video HERE or below.

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Sen. Rick Scott: Biden’s Border Crisis Rages as Illegal Crossings Jump 317%

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) announcement that more than 208,887 illegal aliens were apprehended at the United States southern border in August – an increase of 317% from August 2020. For months, Senator Scott has called for President Biden and Vice President Harris to do their jobs, secure our border and address the national security and humanitarian crisis caused by their failed policies of amnesty and open borders.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For months, I have been calling for this administration to get the border under control and protect American families and our national security. August’s apprehension numbers further confirm our fears – Biden’s border crisis is only getting worse. In August 2021, our brave CBP agents saw illegal crossing explode and apprehensions jump 317% from this time last year. There have been more than 1.3 MILLION apprehensions in 2021 under Biden’s open border policies – equivalent to 1 in every 300 people in the United States, or the entire city of Dallas. While Biden’s border crisis fuels horrific human trafficking and drug smuggling by cartels, and leaves defenseless unaccompanied minors subject to human trafficking, violence, sexual abuse, and separation from their families, Democrats remain silent and absent. Biden and Democrats can’t ignore the humanitarian and national security crisis they created at the southern border any longer – they need to secure the border NOW.”

Read more HERE.

 
Sen. Rick Scott: Biden’s Border Crisis Shows the Administration is Incapable of Keeping America Safe

Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following reports that the Biden administration has lost contact with over one-third of migrant children released from its custody, leaving thousands of migrant children unaccounted for in the United States. For months, Senator Scott has called for President Biden and Vice President Harris to do their jobs, secure our border and address the national security and humanitarian crisis caused by their failed policies of amnesty and open borders.

In 2018, then-Senator Kamala Harris called reports of 1,500 migrant children not reporting to the administration “extremely troubling.” Now, with nearly 4,500 migrant children missing, it’s clear that under her tenure as ‘Border Czar’ the Biden-Harris administration is responsible for losing contact with triple the amount she criticized just a few years prior.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden continues to show that he is woefully incapable of leading our nation and making decisions in the best interests of American families. In 2018, Biden’s ‘Border Czar’ Kamala Harris repeatedly criticized President Trump’s handling of the southern border. Now, under her ‘leadership,’ the number of migrant children the administration has lost contact with has TRIPLED. The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress don’t care about the border or protecting Americans—they’re playing games with the safety of our families. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ failure to uphold the law and insistence on implementing failed policies of amnesty and open borders aren’t working—it’s created the biggest border crisis we’ve seen in two decades. This administration is letting savage drug cartels control our border, carelessly allowing millions of illegal immigrants into our country and a flood of drugs that are killing Americans every day. And now, their dangerous policies are putting thousands of migrant children at risk. We must secure our border NOW and account for every missing child handled by this administration. We can’t allow our country to continue heading down this path of destruction.”

Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott Leads Colleagues in Introducing the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act

Senator Rick Scott led Senators Ron Johnson, Rob Portman, Tommy Tuberville, James Lankford, Marsha Blackburn and Mike Lee in introducing the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act. This legislation would require the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the vetting and processing of migrants apprehended along the southwest border and to ensure that all laws are being upheld.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Thanks to the Biden administration’s open border and amnesty policies, there have been nearly 1.7 million apprehensions at our southern border JUST THIS YEAR, with virtually zero immigrant vetting process being enforced – he’s just laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs and crime to our communities, and blatantly ignoring U.S. laws and policies that are designed to keep America safe. Under the incompetent reign of Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, we have no idea how many illegal aliens have been released into our nation, we have no idea how many have been resettled and we have no idea where they are in our own country. 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. We can’t allow them to continue recklessly ignoring U.S. law and putting families at risk. My 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.”

Read more HERE.

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