House Republicans passed two new bills on Wednesday, including one that requires illegal immigrants who assault police officers to be automatically deported.
HR 2494 requires illegal immigrants to face immediate deportation if they assault a police officer.
The other bill, HR 3091 1, authorizes retired federal law enforcement officials to buy surplus weapons being sold by the government.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats opposed both measures.
The Epoch Times reported:
“Democrats opposed the bills largely over Republican refusals to amend HR 3091 to require background checks for officers who wish to purchase firearms and their claims that HR 2494 would unfairly target those they said have valid asylum claims.”
“HR 3091 passed on a vote of 232 to 198, with 219 Republicans and 13 Democrats voting yes, and 198 Democrats and no Republicans voting against the measure. Three Republicans and two Democrats didn’t vote,” the outlet added.
The expansion of HR 3091 to allow retired law enforcement officers to purchase items at discounted prices drew criticism from Democratic. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who called it the GOP’s “poison pill” amendments.
The Times added:
“HR 3091 initially allowed retired federal law enforcement officers in good standing with their agencies to purchase their service weapons at fair market value. During the debate, Nadler said a similar bill had been introduced during the 117th Congress.
He said that bill required that officers undergo a background before making their purchase, “Thereby transferring it from its service weapon to a weapon in the hands of a responsible gun owner who is trained to use it.”
Rep. Russell Fry (R-S.C.) countered that not only have the officers have been trusted with the weapons in their work, but the plan would help the government recoup part of its initial investment in the weapons instead of costing it $8 million to destroy the guns.”
By forcing the government to destroy the weapons, “Taxpayers are paying for these weapons twice,” Fry said.
Republicans revised the bill, allowing all retired federal law enforcement officers to purchase federally-owned weapons declared as surplus at salvage value.
The measures will now go to the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Meanwhile, the Biden White House reacted angrily after a federal judge blocked them from enacting a policy that would enable the release of migrants without assigning court dates just hours before the Title 42 expiration.
Trump-appointed placed Judge T. Kent Wetherell II a two-week restraining order on Biden’s policy, which would see migrants released on “parole with conditions.”
As Conservative Brief notes:
A recently issued Border Patrol memo outlined a policy stating that migrants can be granted entry into the country on parole, a process usually reserved for cases involving urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, in instances where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounters overcrowding, the outlet reported. Referred to as “parole with conditions,” this practice necessitates that migrants schedule an appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or request a Notice to Appear by mail.
“Under a parole release, migrants are rapidly released into the country, do not get an alien registration number, and do not receive a court date,” Fox News noted.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit against the policy, arguing it was the same as the “Parole + ATD” (Alternatives to Detention), which the same judge blocked in March.
Wetherell agreed and issued his order accordingly, writing, “…The Court has no trouble concluding that Florida has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits because the challenged policy appears to be materially indistinguishable from the Parole+ATD policy vacated in Florida.”