Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) criticized President Joe Biden for ignoring the current surge of migrants at the nation’s southern border during his first speech before Congress on Wednesday night.
Instead, Biden declared that it is time to “fix” America’s immigration system and end the “exhausting war over immigration.” He called on Congress to pass H.R.6, also known as the “Dream Act,” which aims to establish a pathway to citizenship for those who were illegally brought into the United States as children.
“Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for Dreamers, the young people who have only known America as their home,” he said.
Kelly’s remarks echo criticism by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who said his state was taking a toll from the illegal immigration influx because of “mixed signals” sent by the White House.
“If you want to stop the disaster that’s unfolding here and will only get worse in the coming months, President Biden, you should declare a national emergency and deploy the vast powers of your administration to stop what’s happening here,” Ducey, a Republican, said at a press conference at the border near Yuma, shortly after he deployed 250 Arizona National Guard troops to assist law enforcement efforts at the border.
In a similar response, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) said he also took issue with Biden’s priorities.