President Joe Biden's "open border policy" has created a "disaster" in the form of growing numbers of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday.
"The Biden administration is committed to open borders and catch and release," the Wisconsin Republican said on Fox News' "The Faulkner Report." "We're over 4,000 a day. That's a caravan a day."
People are being released without being tested for COVID-19, he added, and the Biden administration quit building the border wall, even though it was working, and rescinded all of former President Donald Trump's policies.
"The migrant protection program, the agreements we had with Central America, these things worked and we brought down illegal immigration dramatically," said Johnson. "It's heading back to the same level, the crisis level (from) May and March of 2019."
Further, the United States does not have the capability to keep the immigrants that are coming now, and it will get "much worse," said Johnson.
The senator also commented on his move forcing the entire 628 pages of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill to be read over an 11-hour period before the voting process could start, insisting that it was vital that the bill be read.
"What we would have been doing is going to a vote-a-rama, with no time to read the bill or prepare decent amendments," said Johnson. "It would be over by now. This is not a COVID relief bill ... this is just Democrats providing appropriations for their wish list. They use the reconciliation process because they couldn't pass it under regular order."
He added that he hopes his demand to read the bill out loud will force a debate.
"In 1993, the Senate took up a $19 billion supplement appropriation bill and debated that for 12 days, and finally whittled it down to $4 billion and it passed unanimously," said Johnson. "This bill alone will add $5,800 of debt burden to every man, woman, and child on top of everything, and an $18,000 of additional debt burden with COVID. The jobs report came in 379,000 new jobs. The economy is ready to take off. Savings are up. Disposable income is up. This will spark inflation. This isn't needed to stimulate the economy."
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