Providing for Consideration of H.R. Assault Weapons Ban of 2022

Floor Speech

Date: July 29, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DIAZ-BALART. Madam Speaker, title 42 is a critical tool to manage the crisis at the southern border. It is hard to believe that the Biden administration claims that the termination of title 42 would actually decrease the number of encounters at the border. This is not only grotesquely disingenuous; it is actually laughable.

Does the administration not remember the caravans headed to the southern border when the administration just announced the end of title 42?

Do you know the cartels actually used the end of title 42 to promote, to advertise, their human smuggling business?

Has the administration even spoken to our brave heroes, the Border Patrol agents, who consistently say that without title 42 authority, they would lose any semblance of operational control on the border?

Let's be clear. The expected influx of border crossings if title 42 ended is not just a humanitarian crisis, which it is. It is a national security crisis, as well. The cartels will once again use the increased flow as a distraction to continue to bring in record amounts of narcotics such as fentanyl.

Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on the previous question so that we can bring up H.R. 471, the PAUSE Act, to help give our border agents the tools that they need in order to achieve operational control of the border.