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Congressman Bob Good Addresses Biden Border Surge

January 21, 2021

U.S. Representative Bob Good introduces the No Asylum for Criminals Act

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bob Good (VA-05) introduced the No Asylum for Criminals Act. As the Biden Administration rolls back critical immigration reforms, thousands of migrants head to our Southern Border. The United States asylum backlog is well over one million asylum cases. This legislation would codify and strengthen Trump Administration reforms to the asylum system by disqualifying criminals from eligibility.

“President Joe Biden’s radical promise to grant amnesty to over 11 million illegal aliens is leading to a surge of illegal immigration at the border,” said Rep Bob Good. “Our backlogged asylum system is ill-equipped for regular border crossing numbers, it will only be made worse by the Biden border surge. Prohibiting dangerous criminals from qualifying for asylum will streamline the system for those who need it most. This puts the safety of Americans and those seeking asylum first.”

Original cosponsors:  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep Tom Rice (R-SC), Rep Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX), Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Rep Glenn Grothman (R-WI).

See bill text HERE

Background:

Biden Border Surge: 

  • In November 2020, 70,000 illegal border crossings were logged at the southern border, up 64% from the previous year. SOURCE
  • President Biden has pledged to unwind most of Trump’s immigration policies within his first 100 days. Whenever these policies are rolled back, it will likely precipitate another surge in illegal crossing, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan. SOURCE

Backlog:

  • Currently there is a backlog of well over one million asylum cases. SOURCE
  • The Department of State reported that they expect around 300,000 additional asylum claims through FY21. SOURCE