News from Representative Rouzer

March 8, 2021

 

Dear Friend,

Two important topics for today’s update: the partisan anti-police legislation rammed through the House late last week, and a crisis at our southern border that is rapidly spiraling out of control.

First, Democrats for the second time in less than a year rammed through a partisan anti-police bill that imposes a host of new mandates and regulations on our police departments at a time when crime is on the rise.  The bill doesn’t include common sense police reform policies supported by Republicans, like improving transparency and accountability.

Here is what the bill does, among other things:

  • Eliminates qualified immunity as a defense for police officers, which will prevent officers from making life-or-death decisions in the event of a lethal threat.
  • Bans “no-knock” warrants in drug cases, which puts officers at risk and gives offenders a chance to destroy evidence.
  • Banning the transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, which deprives our police of needed tools in life-threatening situations.
  • Creates a federal database of all law enforcement officers, with no due process protections for officers wrongfully accused of improper behavior.

It’s just the latest indication that the House Democrat majority is more interested in appeasing its radical progressive base than getting serious about meaningful, bipartisan reform efforts.

Second, despite all evidence to the contrary, the Biden Administration flatly refuses to acknowledge the existence of a growing crisis at the southern border. 

The Department of Homeland Security expects as many as 117,000 children will arrive at our southern border unaccompanied by a parent or guardian this year alone.  And CNN has reported that unaccompanied children are being held in custody for three days or more, “overwhelming capacity at border facilities”.  And some coming across the border have been diagnosed with COVID, as you would naturally expect.  That is just what we know about; there are certainly many more who have made it across that we don’t know about. 

This is a looming humanitarian crisis of the Biden Administration’s own making.  President Biden declared an open-border policy before getting elected, and just hours after he took the oath of office, he signed an Executive Order reversing the Trump Administration’s policies, which has encouraged a surge of illegal immigrants heading for our border.  It’s time for President Biden to acknowledge the crisis and recognize that strong border security policies are crucial to our nation’s safety and are far more humane.  The torture and death many experience on their journey with coyotes (the term for human traffickers escorting illegal immigrants across countries) is one of the great unreported human tragedies.  If you sprain an ankle, get sick or develop any other impairment that prevents you from keeping up with the others, they leave you to fend for yourself and many end up dying horrible deaths.     

Meanwhile, the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill, also referred to as so-called COVID relief, on Saturday by one vote.  The House-passed version had to be revised a bit to get the support of Senator Manchin from West Virginia, which creates a challenge for Speaker Pelosi to keep her entire Democrat conference in line to vote for these revisions when it comes to the House floor this week.  Many of her most liberal members don’t like the changes that were made.  Stay tuned for more… 

Sincerely,
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