WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Bob Latta and Jim Jordan are pushing for a return to the Trump Administrations policies of the Migrant Protection Protocols after they took separate trips to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
President Joe Biden issued executive orders canceling the MPP. The Protocols restricted immigration by returning to Mexico foreign nationals who crossed the southern border. They would then wait outside of the U.S. during immigration proceedings. Mexico was then to provide them with humanitarian protections.
“It all started with the executive orders,” Latta said. “You don’t have to build a wall from sea to shining sea, but just let them determine where they need it. (Border patrols) can stop 95% of the flow…Talking to the people on the front line, this all started with a stroke of (President Biden’s) executive order pens.”
With 172,000 migrants apprehended on the U. S.-Mexican border in March, Latta is calling for the Biden to visit the border.
“Where is the president? Where is the vice president? Why won’t they come to the border? The American people must demand it,” Latta said.
Jordan called for a return to the policies after completing a two-day tour with six other GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee.
“This is a problem, this is a crisis, this is chaos that could have been prevented if they’d kept in place the policies President Trump had in place that were actually working,” Jordan told Fox News’ Hannity. “It could be stopped if we were to just put in place… keep in place the policies that were there under President Trump.
Latta is not advocating for increased budgets to handle the issue.
“We had it funded, in with the wall. That’s the other question, because now we are paying for construction that’s not being done. We have contracts, but Biden stopped the contracts. There are dollars that have been appropriated before,” Latta said.