It will now be easier for the federal government to deport illegal immigrants who are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On Thursday, all Republican members of the House and 59 Democrats joined together to pass a bill to protect American citizens. Despite the bill having rather obvious intentions, 150 Democrats still decided to vote it down.
The bill was introduced by Republican Representative Barry Moore of Alabama. He spoke with Fox News Digital this week, saying:
“In the United States, someone dies in a crash with an impaired driver every 45 minutes. I lost two of my young newlywed constituents to an illegal immigrant driving under the influence of alcohol.”
If the bill were to pass through the Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden, anyone who’s in America illegally and is charged with a DUI would be automatically eligible to be deported. They’d also not be allowed to re-enter the U.S. if they were deported.
The bill’s passage in the House comes only a few weeks after an illegal immigrant from El Salvador killed a mother and son while driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. The undocumented migrant had already been deported four times before.
It’s uncertain what the bill’s future will be in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slight majority.
While the Senate negotiates a border security bill, Republicans continue to push for stricter border security and immigration measures. These issues have taken on increased importance — and urgency — as the presidential election looms in just 10 months.
Biden has tried to increase his rhetoric about border security, pledging recently that he would “shut” down the border with Mexico if Congress granted him the ability to do so by passing legislation.
Ever since he took on the leadership role in October, House Speaker Mike Johnson has made border security one of his main focuses. He and more than 60 other Republicans in the House traveled to Eagle Pass, Texas, recently to view first-hand just how bad the migrant situation has become.
The House Speaker has also repeatedly criticized the Biden administration for its complete lack of action over immigration and border security, which he says is the reason why the migrant crisis happened in the first place.
House Republicans are also close to bringing a formal impeachment vote against Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas has served a central role in the ongoing negotiations between the White House and the Senate over border measures.
Democrats have said that Republicans are using the border to play politics, rather than doing anything to fix the issue.
While debate about the DUI deportation bill was ongoing in the House, Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler of New York said of his GOP colleagues:
“They don’t want to solve the problem. They want to keep the problem going as a campaign issue. So, don’t come up here and talk about the problems on the southern border if you won’t give the president any means to deal with it.”