Florida Republican Congressman Rep. Byron Donalds is leading a group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives to introduce a bill that aims at ending a program providing free smartphones to illegal immigrants.
This bill, H.R.7741 was introduced in the House Of Representatives today and was co-sponsored by 11 other House Republicans: Rep Andy Biggs (AZ-5), Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-9), Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-3), Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA-9), Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-7), Rep. Yvette Herrell (NM-2), Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10), Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-5), Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-7), and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2)
Today, I introduced the No More Phones Act to prohibit U.S. govt officials from using taxpayer funds to provide cell phones to illegal immigrants.
This common-sense legislation seeks to combat wasteful spending while simultaneously condemning Biden’s open-border catastrophe. pic.twitter.com/l6aAnnNIUh
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) May 12, 2022
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Alternatives to Detention program allows the Federal government to supposedly surveil the illegal immigrants who are awaiting deportation proceedings. Such subjects are mostly tied to ankle monitors but most recently, the Biden administration has started using smartphones with GPS tracking apps.
The No More Phones Act prohibits the “use of American taxpayer funding to provide cellular devices to individuals who cross the southern border illegally” This would hold DHS officials accountable and the secretary of the homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas would have to issue a detailed report to Congress on the number of free smartphones distributed to illegal immigrants, and if those phones were returned at the time of deportation proceedings.
This bill has 11 co-sponsors as of publishing this article.
“Under the guise of President Biden’s so-called ‘leadership,’ this administration has excessively wasted taxpayer funds by routinely providing cell phones to illegal immigrants—which are more than likely to be disposed of at a later date to avoid government detection,” Donalds told the Daily Caller in a statement.
“Having been to the border three times, I’ve seen first-hand the distribution of taxpayer-funded cell phones to individuals that purposely sidestep our legal immigration system—that’s why I’ve introduced the No More Phones Act. In defense of law and order, the American taxpayer, and the sanctity of our constitutional republic, I’m grateful to my colleagues for supporting this common-sense legislation that seeks to combat wasteful spending while simultaneously condemning Joe Biden’s open-border catastrophe.” The statement adds.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported over 2 million illegal migrants have crossed the U.S. Southern border in 2021 alone. This number is continually increasing as the Biden administration continues to loosen the enforcement of immigration laws.
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