The United States southern border is an essential barrier that exists for a reason.
For the sake of this country’s national security, knowing who is entering the country is critical. Of equal importance is the ability to control who comes in.
Sadly, the current White House administration has washed its hands of the southern border entirely. This created a situation where Border Patrol agents and officials of border states are having to work day and night to do the federal government’s job.
Before Biden even finished settling into the White House, he quickly rolled back the effective immigration reforms that former President Donald Trump put into place. Since then, there have been documented and consistent increases in people coming to the southern border.
However, thanks to the introduction of a new bill, Congress has the opportunity to right this wrong.
What to Know About the BUILT It Act
Thanks to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the Border’s Unused Idly and Lying Dormant Inventory Transfer (BUILT IT) Act has been proposed to Congress.
If this legislation were to pass, it would mandate the federal government to hand over any requested materials that were left over from the Trump-era border wall construction.
The border wall is one of several immigration policies that Biden canceled upon coming into office.
However, states like Texas and Arizona have called to continue building barriers in their own communities. Both of these states are all too aware of the dangers that follow uncontrolled border crossings.
The BUILT IT Act would also save American taxpayers money, seeing as they’re still footing the bill for contractors simply keeping an eye on barrier supplies at the border.
Thus far, this bill is still gaining traction; however, it’s already been strongly endorsed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
An Uphill Battle in Congress
Despite the merits of Sen. Ernst’s legislation, the House and Senate are still under the control of the Democrat Party.
This is projected to change after the November midterms; although, for the time being, the BUILT IT Act will face an uphill battle without GOP majorities in Congress.
Multiple elected officials within the Democrat Party have repeatedly dismissed the very real dangers posed by a lack of security at the southern border. Some leftists have even argued that supporting restrictions or guidelines for border entry is a form of racism.
The BUILT IT Act may fare better in Congress once Republicans have taken back control of the House and Senate.