Senator Scott Introduces Bill Strengthening Border Patrol Training and Drug Enforcement Practices

Senator Scott Introduces Bill Strengthening Border Patrol Training and Drug Enforcement Practices

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
July 21, 2023

Washington D.C.- Florida Senator Rick Scott introduced Senate Bill 2367,a measure strengthening border patrol drug and illegal crossing enforcement. 

Regular assessments and evaluations of the Checkpoint Program Management Office and effective U.S. Border Patrol agents training regarding drug seizures would be introduced. 

Senator Scott introduced the legislation alongside Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema. Arizona houses a total of nine (9) official US-Mexico border crossings. 

 A dizzying influx of migrants has swamped the nation’s southern border since President Biden took office in 2020. 

However, notwithstanding record-high illegal immigration entries, the White House paraded recent immigration data released earlier this week. Reports show June 2023 as the month with the lowest illegal crossings since Biden took office. 

Nonetheless, compared to President Donald Trump’s administration, illegal crossings into the United States from Mexico have increased 175% under Biden.

The average number of illegal crossings during President  Trump’s presidency was 475,000 annually.  Average illegal crossings under President Biden are now averaging 2,000,000 per year. 

A breakdown of current illegal immigration data during Biden's presidency shows immigration influxes as high as 2.5 million crossings in a single year:

Congressional leaders frustrated with President Joe Biden’s management of the southwest border are attempting to take matters into their own hands. Senator Scott has led various efforts to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis caused by illegal migration. 

In May, Scott introduced the Stop Human Trafficking of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Act.

The bill addresses “unaccompanied migrant children” that have been given to sponsors lacking proper vetting from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If passed, the legislation would require sponsors be vetted before HHS places them with an unaccompanied child. Illegal aliens would also be prohibited from being sponsors unless they are a biological parent or relative.

State government officials are also contributing to border enforcement. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis went as far as to deploy both police and military assets to assist Texas in its attempt to maintain border integrity last May.

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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