As President Joe Biden continues to face criticism for his mishandling of a crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border that has left border facilities overcrowded and overwhelmed, Republicans in one state legislature are taking matters into their own hands.
Fox News reported Friday that Pennsylvania Republicans are working on a bill “that would relocate migrants entering the state on Biden administration-sponsored flights to the president’s home state of Delaware.”
The bill would establish a program to transport migrants out of Pennsylvania, GOP State Sen. Mario Scavello said in a memo to fellow Republicans earlier this month, and “would ban the issuance of state contract work with any federal contractors working with the federal government to transport illegal immigrants into Pennsylvania.”
“The rule of law”
Scavello complained in his memo that “the federal government has relocated an unknown number of illegal immigrants to states across the nation, including Pennsylvania, and at the same time they have failed to provide information that ensures the safety of Pennsylvania citizens.”
“The open-border policy of the [Biden] Administration has created a health crisis as well as a financial crisis, and states across the nation are being forced to pay for the reckless abandonment of the rule of law,” Scavello added.
He also said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has done little to curb the problem. “Wolf has jeopardized the safety and security of Pennsylvania residents by enabling this and by not acting on this, he is aligning himself with such policies,” the lawmaker said.
Writing in his memo, Scavello also pointed to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, which he said is being “exacerbated with the influx of illegal immigrants who are not being tested and quite apparently not vaccinated.”
“[It is] unknown if there are any health-related exams or vetting of illegal immigrants,” he added.
Scavello went on:
If the federal government is not willing to provide extra dollars to communities that have experienced increased strain on their health care systems, increased number of students in school districts and education costs and other services within our communities, then they shouldn’t be forced to take on more illegal immigrants and the additional financial responsibility.
Scavello’s bill has the backing of at least one of his colleagues in the Pennsylvania state senate. “We need to further examine the total number of illegal immigrants being sent to [Pennsylvania] by plane and bus,” state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) told Fox News.
“We also need to look at how much this is costing taxpayers and if Governor [Tom] Wolf and Attorney General [Josh] Shapiro were notified of the flights beforehand,” Mastriano added, according to Fox.
To Scavello, it’s a no-brainer: “How many illegal immigrants has the president relocated to his own home state of Delaware? If it is good enough for Pennsylvania, then why not redirect the relocation to Delaware?”