A Republican senator from the state of Pennsylvania has announced plans to introduce legislation that would transport undocumented migrants residing in Pennsylvania to President Joe Biden’s state of Delaware.
State Senator Mario Scavello, who served as a state representative for 12 years before being elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2015, said Newsweek that he intends to push the measure next month “or sooner.”
He said he was inspired to pitch the action, which is co-sponsored by fellow GOP state senator Doug Mastriano, after noticing migrants being flown to airports near his home. district, the 40th of Pennsylvania.and, and built hotels around the area.
The idea of moving the migrants out of state was inspired by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ $8 million proposal to take the same step in Florida, Scavello said. He said he chose for them to potentially relocate to Delaware to better get the president’s attention.
“If he’s not going to protect the border, maybe he’ll protect Delaware,” Scavello said. “They belong on the border, but the president doesn’t enforce it.”
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Since Biden took office, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has encountered nearly 1.78 million migrants at the southwest border. While opportunities for them to seek asylum in the United States remain largely cut off due to the Title 42 public health order, some eligible individuals are eligible to enter the country and may be placed in states by l through the Refugee Resettlement Office. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also transfers migrant children in its care.
Scavello said Newsweek that being an immigrant himself (he emigrated from Italy when he was five years old), he still sees America as “the land of opportunity”. However, he decided that this measure should be introduced because taxpayers in his community should not have to bear the expenses that he believes migrants will impose on medical facilities and schools in the area.
“(The federal government), they’re not funding the education of these kids. It’s on the backs of the people who live in these communities,” Scavello said. “I’m one of those people who are always looking for a way to help, especially older people who are really struggling to pay their school taxes.”
The state senator said he was optimistic the bill would pass. However, he expects Democratic state senator Tom Wolf to veto it. Scavello said he has not spoken with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or any Biden administration official regarding the transfers.
Newsweek contacted DHS and HHS to inquire about transfers to Pennsylvania.