Republicans have plan to end Biden's Catch-and-Release, but will Democrats cooperate?

By Jen Krausz on
 February 21, 2023

Senate Republicans announced last Thursday that they will re-introduce legislation to end President Joe Biden's massive and inflated catch-and-release parole pipeline program that is sending thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S. interior every day, many of them with work permits.

It is believed that 1.7 million migrants were allowed into the U.S. through the program during Biden's tenure so far, although Biden won't provide those numbers to anyone in the press.

“The executive branch’s abuse of immigration parole is unacceptable and totally out of line with congressional intent. I’m proud to lead the fight to curb the abuse of immigration parole and restore order to our immigration system,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said in a statement.

Standing with Grassley to introduce the Immigration Parole Reform Act of 2023 are Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), J.D. Vance (R-OH), James Lankford (R-OK), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Katie Britt (R-AL), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Unfortunately, the bill is dead on arrival unless they can get at least 11 Democrats to vote to advance it, and that's highly unlikely to happen in the current environment.

Vance testified earlier this month that the estimated 25 million illegal immigrants currently in the country are displacing American families in the job and housing markets. "Illegal immigration means theft of the American dream of housing when you have 25 million people who shouldn’t be here by law competing with American citizens to buy their first home, to rent a home, and that is a major problem that we should be talking more about in the context of the immigration crisis," Vance said.