A second House Republican has said he will not vote for the GOP immigration bill that would implement former President Donald Trump's Remain In Mexico policy and restarting construction on the border wall, among other reforms.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said he would vote against the bill because it proposes using an E-Verify system to validate migrants' ability to work.
Massie thinks E-Verify would give the Biden administration too much power to decide who works and who doesn't--power that he could use against his political opponents to deny them the right to work or to work certain jobs.
“Republicans are about to make a huge mistake,” Massie tweeted. “Biden forced millions of Americans to take VACCINES by threatening their JOBS, and turning EMPLOYERS into enforcers. Imagine giving Biden the ultimate on/off switch for EMPLOYMENT called E-verify. Might as well call it V-verify.”
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) reportedly also has concerns about E-Verify, but is working with the Republican caucus to resolve them so he can vote for the bill.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is the other Republican holdout on the bill because it doesn't do anything to address the drug cartels running rampant along the border.
“It doesn't talk about the cartels," Crenshaw told the Washington Examiner in April. "So the people who have operational control of the border, the people who are killing 80,000 Americans a year by trafficking fentanyl through the border, are completely unaddressed in this bill. This is something we've brought up to leadership many times over the past few months as they've gone over this."
The bill is expected to be brought up for a vote on Thursday, according to House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), who called it the “strongest border security package that Congress has ever taken.”
Even if it does pass the House, however, it will be stopped by the Democrat-controlled Senate as well as a promised presidential veto.
Republicans are worried about the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era rule that allowed automatic and quick deportations of many migrants.
There has already been a surge of illegal immigrants at the border ahead of the rule's end on Thursday, and Biden has sent 1500 soldiers to the border in case numbers really spike up.
Border towns are already being overrun by immigrants, and many mayors have declared states of emergency ahead of Title 42's end.
Many of the migrants are seeking asylum, which gets them put on a long list to get a hearing.
Most asylum claims are denied, but Biden's way of handling the influx means asylum-seeking migrants are already in the country and often disappear before their hearings.
An estimated 5.5 million illegal immigrants have come into the country since Biden took office, and even that number is now out of date and is probably over six million.