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A03449
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 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, Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the
United States authorizes the Congress of the United States to
establish uniform rules regarding the naturalization and
immigration of individuals to the United States; 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
Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the "remain
in Mexico" program; and
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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 Biden Administration has put our national
security at risk; and
WHEREAS, Dating back to several previous administrations,
State and local officials nationwide have sounded the alarm
regarding the straining of their resources, the scourge of
fentanyl deaths relating to drug trafficking, the tragedy of
human trafficking, including children smuggled across the
border, the treatment of unaccompanied minors 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 the Biden Administration's inexcusable
indifference toward the suffering its policies are inflicting
upon border communities and across this country; and
WHEREAS, It is settled law that the Federal Government, not
any individual state, has legal authority to enforce border
security and immigration; and
WHEREAS, On January 22, 2024, the United States Supreme Court
granted the Biden Administration's request to vacate the Fifth
Circuit Court of Appeals' injunction in a case that prevented
the Biden Administration from removing razor wire placed along
the Texas border with Mexico by Texas state authorities; and
WHEREAS, The United States Senate is set to consider a
proposed amendment to H.R. 815, "The National Security and
Border Act, 2024"; and
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WHEREAS, The United States Senate's proposal is a bipartisan
effort intended, in part, to overhaul the immigration system as
well as provide humanitarian aid; and
WHEREAS, The United States Senate's proposal includes more
than $20 billion for security at the southern border to increase
immigration restrictions and enforcement and implement new
migrant policies; and
WHEREAS, The United States Senate's proposal will be the
first major overhaul of the country's immigration system in many
years; 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
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WHEREAS, In this Commonwealth, our duty is to follow the
decisions of the United States Supreme Court and acknowledge the
supremacy of the Federal jurisdiction, as enshrined in the
Constitution of the United States, as ratified by the people of
the United States; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
urge 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
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 the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
urge the United States Senate and the United States House of
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Representatives to enact bipartisan immigration reform as early
as possible; 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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