EXCLUSIVE: RSC Votes To Endorse Border Security Policies That Must Be In Any Border Package Leadership Brings To Floor

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The Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) steering committee voted to endorse a list of border policies they feel must be included in any border package that House Leadership brings to the floor, the Daily Caller has learned.

The RSC Steering Committee is made up of about 20 leaders among the RSC, including former chairmen. A source familiar tells the Caller the RSC initially met to discuss these positions at an in-person steering committee meeting on March 10 before flying back to their respective districts. The vote on the final wording happened throughout the course of the week, remotely, while members were back home.

“Each day the House of Representatives does not take action to secure the border is another day in which the Biden administration perpetuates the national security and humanitarian calamity it has created at our southern border. Since Biden took office, there have been over 4 million apprehensions at the southwest border. Beyond the legal crisis is the humanitarian one. In 2021, drug related deaths in America rose above 100,000 for the first time in American history,” RSC Chairman Rep. Kevin Hern said in a statement.

“Last month 20 women were rescued from a border-related human trafficking ring that led to over 200 arrests in Florida. As [former] Vice President Biden said in 2014, ‘These smugglers—and everyone should know it, and not turn a blind eye to it—these smugglers routinely engage in physical and sexual abuse, and extortion of these innocent, young women and men by and large,'” Hern continued.

Here Are The Border Security Policies: 

  •  Restore Operational Control of the Border: “Congress should statutorily provide for the immediate expulsion of aliens who cross the border illegally. If an alien cannot be detained through the entirety of the asylum determination process, DHS should be required to expel them. Additionally, Congress should codify the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), end ‘alternatives-to-detention,’ legislatively prevent President Biden’s abuse of prosecutorial discretion and parole authority, and codify strict third-country asylum restrictions on illegal border crossers who did not seek protection in a country through which they traveled,” the group states.
  • Asylum Reform: “The asylum process is filled with exploitable loopholes, acting as magnets that draws even more aliens with meritless claims to flood across our border.  To prevent this exploitation, Congress must raise the credible fear standard, codify pre-Biden decisions ensuring asylum benefits do not extend to claims based on general local crime, and bar criminals from the asylum process.”
  • End Incentives for Illegal Immigration: “Congress should eliminate incentivizes for illegal immigration, namely ending catch and release, cutting off illegal U.S. labor markets—including through strengthening E-Verify, and ending policies that encourage human smuggling of unaccompanied alien children (UACs)—such as the Flores settlement.”
  • Border Infrastructure: “Congress should fund and require the completion of the border wall and build effective roadways along the border. This will give Border Patrol more time to quickly respond to illegal border crossers no matter how remote they are.”
  • Combat cartels: “Cartels have taken operational control of our border largely controlling the smuggling of aliens and drugs into the U.S. Congress must address the cartel threat and end the humanitarian crisis at the border. Congress should sanction cartels and enhance criminal penalties for smuggling drugs and humans illegally into the U.S.”

“While the Biden administration has the legal authorities necessary to end this chaos and secure the border, they have chosen not to. For these reasons, the RSC Steering Committee supports the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. It also urges all House Republicans and Congress to swiftly pass legislation to force the Biden administration to secure the border,” Hern added.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy previously threatened DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with impeachment if he did not resign. (RELATED: Kevin McCarthy Threatens Biden’s DHS Secretary With Impeachment If He Doesn’t Resign)

Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon introduced articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in January, accusing the high-ranking Biden appointee of failing to address the crisis on the southern border. (RELATED: ‘He Must Go’: GOP Rep Files Articles Of Impeachment Against Mayorkas)

Fallon filed the resolution Jan. 3, the first day of the 118th Congress. Fallon said Mayorkas has “abdicated his duties” as head of the DHS and that he must be removed from his position.

“This is a moral obligation. Under the Biden administration, the brave men and women who serve in CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] have been demonized for trying their best to secure the border, protect border communities, and assist the countless individuals victimized by cartels. Congress must stand with these agents and officers and provide them with the capacity and capabilities to secure our border. Additionally, as part of this effort, the RSC Steering Committee endorses the following consensus conservative policies as part of a future House border package.”