In recognition of National Police Week, House Republicans on Wednesday passed two new measures, including one aimed at illegal immigrants.
The Epoch Times reports that HR 2494 mandates the automatic deportation of illegal immigrants who assault police officers, while HR 3091 permits retired federal law enforcement officials to purchase surplus firearms being sold by the federal government.
Unsurprisingly, both measures were opposed by Democrats, the news source reported.
“Democrats opposed the bills largely over Republican refusals to amend HR 3091 to require background checks for officers who wish to purchase firearms and their claims that HR 2494 would unfairly target those they said have valid asylum claims,” The Epoch Times reported.
“HR 3091 passed on a vote of 232 to 198, with 219 Republicans and 13 Democrats voting yes, and 198 Democrats and no Republicans voting against the measure. Three Republicans and two Democrats didn’t vote,” the outlet added.
Democrats criticized the expansion of HR 3091 by Republicans to allow retired federal law enforcement officers to purchase discounted items in addition to their service weapons. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) urged fellow Democrats to oppose the measures due to the “poison pill” amendments proposed by the GOP.
The Epoch Times continued:
Initially, HR 3091 permitted retired federal law enforcement officers in good standing with their respective agencies to purchase their service weapons at fair market value. During the course of the debate, Nadler stated that a comparable bill was introduced during the 117th Congress.
Before making a purchase, he said, officers were required to undertake a background check, “thereby transferring it from a service weapon to a weapon in the hands of a responsible gun owner who is trained to use it.”
Rep. Russell Fry (R-South Carolina) countered that not only have the officers been entrusted with the firearms for their work, but the plan would help the government recoup a portion of its initial investment in the firearms, saving $8 million compared to destroying them.
By requiring the government to destroy the weapons, “taxpayers are paying for these weapons twice,” said Fry.
The Republicans amended the bill to permit all retired federal law enforcement officers to purchase surplus federally-owned weapons at salvage value rather than fair market value.
The measures are now sent to the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, where their fate is uncertain.
In the meantime, the White House reacted angrily on Friday after a federal judge blocked the Biden administration from implementing a policy that would have permitted the release of migrants without the assignment of court dates hours before the expiration of the Title 42 public health order.
Fox News reported that Trump appointee Judge T. Kent Wetherell II issued a two-week restraining order against President Joe Biden’s policy that would see migrants released on “parole with conditions.”
In cases where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounters overcrowding, according to a recently issued Border Patrol memo, migrants may be allowed entry into the country on parole, a process typically reserved for cases involving urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. This practice, known as “parole with conditions,” requires migrants to make an appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or request a Notice to Appear by mail.
“Under a parole release, migrants are rapidly released into the country, do not get an alien registration number and do not receive a court date,” Fox News noted.
Ashley Moody, the attorney general of Florida, filed a lawsuit against the implementation of the policy, arguing that it was essentially identical to the “Parole + ATD” (Alternatives to Detention) policy that the same judge had blocked in March.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
Wetherell agreed and issued his order accordingly, writing, “…The Court has no trouble concluding that Florida has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits because the challenged policy appears to be materially indistinguishable from the Parole+ATD policy vacated in Florida.” CONTINUE READING…