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A03447
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
234
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY MARTIN, K. WARD, PITTMAN, AUMENT, ARGALL, BAKER,
BARTOLOTTA, BROOKS, BROWN, COLEMAN, CULVER, DiSANTO, DUSH,
FARRY, GEBHARD, HUTCHINSON, LANGERHOLC, LAUGHLIN, MASTRIANO,
PENNYCUICK, PHILLIPS-HILL, REGAN, ROBINSON, ROTHMAN, STEFANO,
VOGEL, J. WARD AND YAW, FEBRUARY 2, 2024
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, FEBRUARY 2, 2024
A RESOLUTION
Urging the Congress of the United States and the President of
the United States to secure our border and provide the needed
policies and resources to protect American citizens and
communities throughout this country from the effects of
illegal immigration.
WHEREAS, It has been 37 years since the Congress of the
United States has passed significant immigration reform; and
WHEREAS, To date, the Congress of the United States has
failed to perform its critical duty in providing the necessary
policies and resources to secure our border and modernize our
immigration system; and
WHEREAS, On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a
proclamation on the termination of emergency with respect to the
southern border of the United States and redirection of funds
diverted to border wall construction; and
WHEREAS, On January 21, 2021, the United States Department of
Homeland Security paused deportations for certain noncitizens in
the United States for 100 days and suspended new enrollments in
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Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the "remain
in Mexico" program; and
WHEREAS, Upon those actions, the number of migrants who have
unlawfully crossed the southern border into Texas has increased
at a very alarming rate; and
WHEREAS, The negative impacts of illegal immigration and this
border crisis are evident in communities throughout the United
States, and the Congress of the United States and the Biden
Administration has put our national security at risk; and
WHEREAS, State and local officials nationwide have sounded
the alarm regarding the straining of their resources, the
scourge of fentanyl deaths, the tragedy of human trafficking,
including children smuggled across the border, and the flow of
illegal firearms and dangerous gang members; and
WHEREAS, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is clearly exercising his
Constitutional authority to defend his state against the
consequences of inaction by the Congress of the United States
and the Biden Administration's inexcusable indifference toward
the suffering its policies are inflicting upon border
communities and across this country; and
WHEREAS, In this Commonwealth, our duty is to uphold our oath
to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United
States and ensure the safety of its citizens; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
urge the Congress of the United States and the President of the
United States to secure our border and provide the needed
policies and resources to protect American citizens and
communities throughout this country from the effects of illegal
immigration; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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encourage Governor Josh Shapiro to join with dozens of governors
from across the country in support of Texas Governor Greg
Abbott's actions to protect our citizens; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to
the following:
(1) The President of the United States.
(2) The Vice President of the United States.
(3) The United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
(4) The President pro tempore of the United States
Senate.
(5) The Speaker of the United States House of
Representatives.
(6) The chairperson of the Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs of the United States
Senate.
(7) The chairperson of the Committee on Homeland
Security of the United States House of Representatives.
(8) Each member of Congress from Pennsylvania.
(9) The Governor of the State of Texas.
(10) The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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