Hakeem Jeffries, minority leader of the United States House of Representatives, claimed Thursday during a press conference that Republicans are creating a “fictional argument” around the invasion on the southern border just hours before Title 42 is set to expire.
“As is often the case with my extreme MAGA Republican colleagues, they create a fictional argument around what’s happening at the border,” Jeffries said, “and then actually do nothing to solve the real problem. And that is exactly what the child deportation act is all about.”
On Thursday, House Republicans are expected to vote upon a bill, H.R.2, to codify some of former President Trump’s strictest border policies — legislation the White House promised President Biden would veto.
H.R. 2 is scheduled for a House vote on the same day that Title 42 — a Trump-era policy — will be terminated under Biden. Title 42 has ensured that federal immigration officials have been able to quickly return millions of illegal migrants to Mexico over the last three years.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, but apparently Jeffries can’t see with his head buried in the sand,” NRCC National Press Secretary Will Reinert said about images of migrants gathering at the southern border