Tennessee Senator Slams Biden's Defund ICE Plan

Matt O'Hern
Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty at a press conference earlier today.Photo bySenator Bill Hagerty's YouTube Channel

Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) spoke at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol earlier today to condemn President Joe Biden's demand for legislation to keep the government open include a provision that defunds Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and reallocates its funds to resettle illegal immigrants across the nation.

According to Hagerty, border patrol agents have record-high encounters of migrants on the terrorist watch list, and more than 170 different nationalities have been apprehended crossing the border illegally since Pres. Biden took office.

Below is a partial transcript from the press conference

Hagerty: “First, I’d like to set the stage, if I might, because the United States is in the midst of a border crisis like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

“And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in case the White House missed it, in their own executive summary lists the facts—this is the 2024 executive summary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment of the United States—it lists the fact that they expect illegal drugs purchased in Mexico and sold to the United States will continue to kill more Americans than any other threat. This is from the Department of Homeland Security’s Executive Summary. I encourage you all to read it. It’s a threat that we all feel in my home state of Tennessee. We’re losing people every day to fentanyl.

“We have a national security threat of epic proportion [on] our border. Yet, at the same time, this White House is so unserious about it, that they’re actually proposing to defund ICE as a condition to continue to keep the government open beyond September 30.

“If you don’t believe me, take a look at page 51 of the language that is appended to their ‘clean CR’. On page 51, it gives them the authority to reprogram all of ICE’s funding, over $8 billion, to reprogram that and turn ICE into a resettlement agency. All of these funds can be reprogrammed to more rapidly push people into America. Instead of buying plane tickets to send people that have come here illegally—often many of them with violent criminal records—instead of buying plane tickets to send them back to their home country, ICE will now be buying plane tickets to send them to a town near you or me.

“This is egregious. It’s got to stop, and I’m glad that my colleagues have joined me today to bring attention to what’s happening at our southern border.”

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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

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