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Sen. Bill Hagerty: Democrats Blocked Bill to Stop Taxpayers from Flying Illegals into U.S.

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Senator Bill Hagerty criticized Democrats for blocking a bill to stop taxpayer funds from flying undocumented immigrants into the U.S.

He said over 320,000 were flown in under Biden in 2023 to 43 airports.

“This occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning this weekend. Again, this was pushed back. Chuck Schumer maintained ball control as late as he possibly could, right up to the point that the government almost shut down,” Hagerty said, noting that Schumer avoided legislation that “would stop the use of taxpayer money to fly illegal aliens in here on charter planes from countries like Nicaragua [and] Haiti.”

“You’ve got Venezuelans that are being put on charter planes, all courtesy of U.S. taxpayer, U.S. government, U.S. taxpayer dollars and flown into America,” he said.

Democrats voted against stopping this and counting undocumented immigrants for congressional apportionment.

“Every single Democrat voted against me,” Hagerty said. “Every single Democrat voted to continue this preposterous policy of flying people in here illegally by the thousands into our country.”

Hagerty argued this benefits Democrats by increasing seats in states with high numbers of undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities.

He noted crimes committed by immigrants released without bail and a surge in fentanyl deaths.

“And this links back to an amendment I put forward two weeks prior. That legislation was quite simple, as well. It said we should stop counting illegal migrants in the apportionment of congressional seats and electoral votes. I think most people in America are shocked to find out that’s what’s happening right now. We don’t count people that are here on vacation. We don’t count people that are here serving as diplomats. Why in the world should we count people that are here illegally? Yet that is what’s happening,” he said.

“That is the motive behind the crime on our border because if you look at people leaving these blue states — like New York, like Illinois, like California — and then you think about, where are the sanctuary cities — New York, Manhattan, Chicago, San Francisco, LA — I think it makes the motive very, very clear. They’re trying to maintain their power in the Congress,” he said.

“You’re not talking about flying the illegal aliens from Texas to Chicago. You’re talking about flying them from Honduras to Chicago?” radio host Mike Slater asked.

“Yes. These people are being collected by the U.S. government and flown directly from their countries of origin. I’m talking about flying them in here from Colombia, Venezuela. The crime rate has gone down in Venezuela. You know why? Venezuelan gangs are all operating up here right now,” Hagerty said.

“You remember seeing those two Venezuelans who brutally beat police officers in New York; then they were released with no bail and, you know, fled to California. You think about the crime that’s going on right here in our neck of the woods — the murder that took place at the University of Georgia, another Venezuelan. [He] committed a crime in Manhattan, walked away because they…let him go with no bail, came down to Georgia, and killed Laken Riley,” he said.

While Democrats may claim to care about the border ahead of elections, Hagerty warned they undid Trump-era policies securing the border through executive orders and have the power to reinstate them but refuse due to a need to import undocumented immigrants for political gain.

He advocated reimplementing effective policies like remaining in Mexico to curb the crisis.

“It’s just preposterous that we’re allowing this to go on,” he added. “But the Biden administration is so desperate to get these people in so they can count them that they’re willing to look the other way and see all this crime — the devastation that fentanyl is causing. Everything that goes along with this is a complete crisis. Yet they’re managing this crisis so they can control the Congress.”

“He issued 94 separate executive orders to undo the secure border that Donald Trump left him. He has the power and the authority right now to come back again, [build] the wall again, stop catch and release, start deporting criminals again, all of the things that they will not do — the Remain in Mexico policy that was so effective,” he said, noting that they “walked away from it.”

“They need to reinstitute that. Instead, Mexico is telling us how it’s going to be here in America. It’s just shocking what has happened because of this weak posture and this weak policy,” he added.

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