Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is making all the right moves these days. She’s telegenic, articulate, and solidly conservative. And she’s pugnacious enough to satisfy Republicans across the spectrum. If Trump doesn’t run could she be a strong candidate? If he does, could she be a good veep choice. Undoubtedly.

Her latest gambit is to reinstate the Trump “Remain in Mexico” policy, where those who illegally try to get across the border and are caught would have to remain in Mexico, not dissappear into American society, until their case comes up for adjudication.

FNC: “Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is introducing a bill this week that would seek to reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols in response to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the immigration system in recent months. Dubbed the Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act, the bill would require migrants who cross the southern border without proper documentation to remain in Mexico until their case is heard. President Biden reversed the Migrant Protection Protocols by executive order upon entering the White House earlier this year.

“The Trump administration first instituted the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, in 2019 in a bid to end ‘catch and release,’ a policy under which migrants were allowed to remain in the country while awaiting court proceedings. MPP drew criticism from Democrats who argued Trump’s immigration policies were cruel and inhumane. But Blackburn and other Republican lawmakers have argued that Biden’s move to weaken or reverse Trump-era immigration policies prompted the current crisis at the southern border. Customs and Border Protection reported encounters with more than 178,000 migrants attempting to enter the country in April alone, an increase of more than 900% compared to one year earlier.” 900 percent. That is unbelievable. Thus, the word must be out in Central America and Mexico: The border is open.

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“President Biden’s failed immigration policies have created a crisis at our southern border,” Blackburn said in a statement. “Over half a million illegal aliens have poured across our southern border since Biden decided to repeal President Trump’s successful policy that forced migrants to remain in Mexico while seeking asylum. My legislation will stop Biden’s decision to catch and release migrants into our communities and reinstate President Trump’s Remain in Mexico program.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on May 13, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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