The United States is a country governed by the rule of law. Yet, the Biden administration has sought to undermine the rule of law and make illegal immigration legal. On day one, President Biden quickly implemented his open border agenda, halted border wall construction, and issued an executive order that encouraged more illegal immigrants to enter our country. 

The Biden administration ended Title 42, terminated President Trump’s successful “Remain in Mexico” policy, brought back catch-and-release, and pushed amnesty for all. President Biden issued 94 executive orders within his first 100 days in office to implement his open border agenda. The result? An unprecedented border crisis with nearly 9 million illegals entering our country under Biden’s watch.

Senator Blackburn has strongly opposed amnesty for all and the spread of sanctuary cities and states that operate as lawless havens for illegal immigrants. Secure countries have secure borders. A wall puts a stop to the caravans of illegal immigrants trying to cross our border, and blocks the flow of drugs, human trafficking, terrorists, and other dangerous criminals. Until we secure our border and ports of entry, every state in our nation will be a border state, and every town will be a border town.

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What Senator Blackburn Is Doing To Combat the Border Crisis

Senator Blackburn has long been a leader in the fight to end Biden’s border crisis, taking action on legislation related to drug smuggling, human trafficking, child exploitation, and more.

Since starting her first term in the United States Senate, Senator Blackburn has visited the southern border four times.

At the start of the 118th Congress, Senator Blackburn led a delegation of her colleagues to the Del Rio Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border to examine the disastrous effects of Biden’s border crisis firsthand.

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After the Biden administration allowed Title 42 to expire, Senator Blackburn introduced the Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act which would reinstate the successful Trump-era policy that required illegal immigrants seeking asylum at the southern border or without proper documentation to return to Mexico to await their immigration proceedings. 

Senator Blackburn has also led legislation aimed at combating human trafficking along the southern border. Notably, in April 2023 after learning that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lost track of 85,000 unaccompanied migrant children, Senator Blackburn blasted HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and the Biden administration over this gross incompetence and sent a series of letters demanding transparency to protect these innocent children.

Additionally, Senator Blackburn has introduced the End Child Trafficking Now Act which would require a DNA test to determine the relationship between illegal immigrants coming across the border and any accompanying children, as well as the PRINTS Act, which would prevent child recycling by giving U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) the authority to fingerprint non-citizens under the age of 14.

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Past Legislative Work

On January 26, 2024, Senator Blackburn introduced the Equal Representation Act, legislation to ensure that only legal citizens are factored into the count for Congressional districts and the Electoral College map that determines presidential elections.
On January 11, 2024, Senator Blackburn introduced the Protect Medicaid Act to ensure the long-term integrity of Medicaid by preventing liberal states like California from forcing American citizens in other states to subsidize state programs that expand Medicaid benefits to illegal immigrants.
On January 5, 2024, Senator Blackburn introduced the No VA Resources For Illegal Aliens Act to stop Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resources from being used to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegal aliens.
On November 3, 2023, Senator Blackburn introduced the Southern Border Transparency Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accurately report how it is handling migrants encountered at the border and ensure the American people have a full accounting of the number of migrants being released into the United States by the Biden administration along with information detailing where they are coming from.
On October 24, 2023, Senator Blackburn introduced the Advanced Border Coordination Act, legislation to strengthen border security by improving law enforcement communication and coordination at our southern border.
On September 27, 2023, Senator Blackburn introduced the No Asylum for CCP Spies Act to prohibit members of communist or totalitarian parties, like the CCP, from being granted asylum in the U.S.
On September 25, 2023, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to the HHS Secretary Becerra demanding honesty and transparency over the reports of his Department’s mistreatment of 85,000 missing migrant children.
On August 17, 2023, Senator Blackburn introduced a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to strike down President Biden’s Circumvention of Lawful Pathways rule. This rule, which purports to take a hard line on illegal immigration, in reality only funnels migrants into parole programs that allow individuals with weak or non-existent asylum claims to enter the U.S. By issuing this rule, President Biden is sending the wrong message to both illegal immigrants and the cartels who exploit them.
On June 21, 2023, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Biden Administration to use every diplomatic tool available to persuade the Mexican government to counter the national security threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
On March 15, 2023, Senator Blackburn led a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting that the Department withdraw a proposal that would raise fees for farmers and small businesses who sponsor foreign national workers.
On February 22, 2023, Senators Blackburn introduced the Build the Wall Now Act, which would require border wall construction to restart within 24 hours of the bill’s enactment, remove all legal impediments to construction, and unlock $2.1 billion in unspent wall funding.
On February 15, 2023, Senator Blackburn introduced the Stop Taxpayer Funding of Traffickers Act to ensure human and drug traffickers cannot continue to defraud the American taxpayer while they await prosecution and conviction.
On December 21, 2022, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after learning of ICE’s plan to release an unspecified number of single adult migrants into Tennessee.
On December 8, 2022, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas seeking an explanation as to why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to properly file tens of thousands of “Notice to Appear” (NTA) documents in advance of scheduled court hearings for illegal immigrants, which led to the termination of immigration enforcement proceedings in those cases.
On September 21, 2022, Senator Blackburn led a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting information about where illegal immigrants are choosing to go, and what cities they are listing as part of a “current address,” once they receive a Notice To Appear (NTA).
On September 21, 2022, Senator Blackburn sent a letter holding the CEOs of Instagram, TikTok, Snap Inc., and YouTube accountable for their failure to adequately prevent the sale of fentanyl-laced pills to teenagers and young adults on their platforms.
On April 12, 2022, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the dangerous and reckless decision to rescind the Title 42 Order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On November 4, 2021, Senator Blackburn introduced an amendment to the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022” to block President Biden’s reported plan to spend upwards of a billion dollars to provide $450,000 per person in taxpayer money for settlements for illegal immigrants.
On October 7, 2021, Senators Blackburn led a letter asking Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to address reports that thousands of migrants in Del Rio, Texas were released into the interior of the U.S. instead of facing removal as the administration had previously pledged.
On October 1, 2021, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to President Biden urging him to tell the massive migrant caravan approaching our southern border, “You must turn around.”
On May 24, 2021, following reports of the Biden administration secretly flying unaccompanied minors into Chattanooga under the cover of darkness, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting Attorney General Merrick Garland release guidance memos produced by the DOJ that reinstated funding for sanctuary cities and jurisdictions.
On May 20, 2021, Senator Blackburn sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking for transparency after the Biden Administration allegedly has been transporting illegal unaccompanied minors to Tennessee.
On April 22, 2021, Senator Blackburn introduced the Illegal Alien NICS Alert Act, which would require the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS) to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and relevant local law enforcement when a firearm transferee is illegally present in the United States.
On February 4, 2021, Senator Blackburn introduced two amendments designed to prevent any future efforts by the Biden administration to limit the detention of illegal immigrants and to let those with violent criminal records threaten our communities.
On July 6, 2020, Senator Blackburn introduced the Ban Birth Tourism Act to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and eliminate loopholes that foreign nationals exploit to become U.S. citizens.
On October 30, 2019, Senator Blackburn introduced the Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act, which would clarify the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) detainer authority, clearly establish the authority of states and localities to maintain custody in cases in which a detainer has been issued, and incentivize cooperation between law enforcement agencies and DHS through the reimbursement of certain detention, technology, and litigation-related costs.
On July 26, 2019, Senator Blackburn introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act to require migrants to declare asylum at our embassies/consulates in Mexico or Canada before entering the United States and restore integrity to and strengthen the asylum process by eliminating loopholes.
On July 24, 2019, Senator Blackburn introduced a resolution commending the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their honorable service.

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