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Congressman Biggs Introduces Stopping Border Surges Act

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Biggs introduced the Stopping Border Surges Act to address the loopholes in U.S. immigration law that are serving as magnets for surges of aliens at the border. This bill fixes problems caused by the Flores Settlement Agreement that prevents DHS from detaining family units for more than 20 days, ensures that unaccompanied alien children are quickly and safely returned home, and promotes increased integrity in the asylum system. Congressman Biggs and supporters of this legislation released the following statements:

"Recent policy decisions by President Biden are encouraging aliens to take the dangerous journey to our southern border. They take this risk to take advantage of the loopholes in our immigration laws. Too often illegal aliens are victims of human trafficking by the cartels that dominate the U.S.-Mexico Border.

"I frequently visit the southern border, and I have witnessed first-hand the negative impacts of illegal immigration. Men, women, and children make the dangerous journey to our southern border only to be abused along the way. Since our immigration laws are unenforced, cartels continue their drug and human trafficking schemes and inflict more harm and danger to our country.

"Instead of building on the work of President Trump to secure our border and enforce our immigration laws, the Biden Administration is focused on appeasing its open-borders supporters. Congress must modernize our immigration laws to address loopholes that are fueling the humanitarian and security crisis at the border. The time is long overdue to update our immigration laws and secure our border." - Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

"The Biden border surge gets worse everyday. Administration officials are trying to blame everyone except themselves and their policies that are making the crisis worse. House Democrats are holding votes on amnesty bills, knowing full well that they are incentivizing even more poor people from around the world to travel to our border and enter illegally in the middle of a pandemic. NumbersUSA is grateful that Congressman Biggs is willing to tackle the problem head on and provide solutions that work. We applaud Congressman Biggs for introducing the Stopping Border Surges Act, which will eliminate the incentives that are driving the current border surge and prevent future surges." - Rosemary Jenks, Director, Government Relations for NumbersUSA

"Congressman Andy Biggs is once again leading the charge on putting American workers and families first by addressing the pull-factors that are exacerbating the crisis on the southern border. The ‘‘Stopping Border Surges Act'' makes critically needed changes to our immigration laws by deterring fraudulent and frivolous claims in our generous asylum system and closing loopholes that have generated a humanitarian crisis with unaccompanied alien minors (UACs) trafficked across our border. We applaud him and urge every one of his colleagues to cosponsor." - Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Original cosponsors: Reps. Jim Jordan, Tom McClintock, Yvette Herrell, Ted Budd, Jeff Duncan, Jody Hice, Matt Gaetz, Rick W. Allen, Brian Babin, Chip Roy, Michael Cloud, Mary Miller, Jodey Arrington, Matthew Rosendale, Ralph Norman, Lauren Boebert, Scott Perry, Lance Gooden, Bob Good, Thomas Tiffany, Greg Steube, and Adrian Smith.

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a third-term Representative from Arizona's Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.