The majority of U.S. House Democrats opposed a bill that would prevent foreign nationals who have committed Social Security or identity fraud from entering the country, and allow those already in the country to be deported.
“155 HOUSE DEMOCRATS — 75% OF THEIR CONFERENCE — JUST VOTED AGAINST DEPORTING CRIMINAL MIGRANTS WHO COMMIT SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD AND ROB OUR SENIORS. VOTE THEM ALL OUT!” said former Donald Trump advisor Stephen Miller on X.
The bill, H.R. 6678, was introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California) in early December and applies consequences to anyone who has been convicted of Social Security or identity fraud, or anyone who has admitted to the crimes, regardless of conviction.
The bill passed, despite opposition from Democrats, with 272 “yea” votes and 155 “nay.”
Unlike Democrats, who were split on the bill, with 55 voting in support and 155 opposing the bill, not a single Republican voted against it.
Maine’s representatives were split as well, with Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voting in support of the bill and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voting with the majority of Democrats in opposition.
The bill comes after 2023 saw record high numbers of foreigners entering the country illegally.
Recently, illegal immigration has become an even more contentious issue after Gov. Greg Abbot (R-Texas) defied the federal government by attempting to stop illegal immigration using the Texas National Guard.
Following Gov. Abbot’s decision to stop the invasion at Texas’ Southern border, many Republican governors, along with multiple conservative voices, such as Frmr. President Donald Trump, have voiced their strong support for Texas against the federal government.